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204.3 (B) Deposit Copy(ies) Submitted in Physical Format

204.3 (B) Deposit Copy(ies) Submitted in Physical Format

Physical deposit copies should be submitted to the U.S. Copyright Office by mail, commercial carrier, courier, or hand delivery if (I) the work does not meet the requirements listed in Section 204.3 (A), (ii) the applicant is submitting a paper application rather than an online application, or (iii) if the applicant prefers to submit the deposit copy(ies) in a physical format rather than a digital format.

When completing an online application, the applicant will be given an opportunity to print a deposit copy shipping slip that corresponds to the online application. The applicant must print the shipping slip, attach it to each deposit copy, and send all of these items in a single package to the address specified on the shipping slip. (For further information concerning this procedure, see Chapter 600, Section 625.2 (D) and Chapter 1500, Sections 1508.2 through 1508.5.) In such cases, the effective date of registration is based on the date the Office receives the deposit copy(ies) along with the corresponding shipping slip. If an applicant does not include the shipping slip with each mailed physical deposit the Office will not be able to connect the deposit to an application.

When submitting a paper application, an applicant should send the completed application, proper filing fee, and complete and clear deposit copy(ies) in a single package to the address specified in space 9 marked “Mail To,” which may be found at the bottom of every paper application.

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