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2121.4 (A) Notice Requirements


2121.4 (A) Notice Requirements


The copyright notice must be permanently affixed to the photograph itself and the required elements should appear together. For the required elements of the notice, see Section 2121.1. Also, the notice may consist of the symbol © accompanied by the initials, monogram, mark, or symbol of the copyright proprietor. The notice may be located on any accessible part of a single-page work or on a margin or permanent mounting, provided that it is visible and not concealed. For more information about notice requirements, see U.S. COPYRIGHT OFFICE, COMPENDIUM OF U.S. COPYRIGHT OFFICE PRACTICES Chs. 4, 8.2, & Supplementary Practice Nos. 18, 19, 27, 29, 35 & 37 (1st ed. 1973), available at noticerequirements.pdf.


Exception: When eligibility for renewal registration is based solely on the U.C.C exemption, the copy must bear the U.C.C. notice as specified in Section 9 (C) in the Copyright Act of 1909 (as amended). However, if the notice satisfies the notice requirement of Section 19, but not 9 (C), renewal registration may still be possible. In this case, the U.S Copyright Office will add an annotation to the certificate of renewal registration and a note in the registration record citing this Section of the Compendium of U.S. Copyright Office Practices, Third Edition.


NOTE: Renewal registration may be possible when a photograph was first published in a book with a copyright notice that is acceptable for photographs but does not meet the statutory requirements for books. In such cases, renewal registration must be limited to the photograph.


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