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1909.4 Works First Published Outside the United States

1909.4 Works First Published Outside the United States


When a work is published in a foreign country and then subsequently published in the United States, the publication in the foreign country is considered the first publication of that work. When submitting an application to register the work the applicant should provide the date that the work was first published in the foreign country and should submit a copy or phonorecord of the foreign edition. Registering a claim in the U.S. edition may be permissible, provided that the work contains a sufficient amount of new material that did not appear in the work when it was published abroad.