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2003.2 (C) Eligibility for Sound Recordings

2003.2 (C) Eligibility for Sound Recordings


Section 104 (B) (3) of the Copyright Act protects sound recordings that were first “fixed” in a foreign country that is a treaty party. Specifically, the law protects sound recordings that are embodied in phonorecords that are sufficiently permanent or stable to permit the work to be perceived, reproduced, or otherwise communicated for a period of more than transitory duration. 17 U.S.C. § 101 (definition of “fixed”). For more information on fixation, see Chapter 300, Section 305 and Chapter 800, Section 803.4.

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