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2121.4 (B) First Published in a Motion Picture

 

2121.4 (B) First Published in a Motion Picture

 

The U.S. Copyright Office has a longstanding practice of regarding a motion picture as a unitary work in which the component elements are integral to the work as a whole. Therefore, when a photograph was first published in a motion picture, renewal registration is not possible unless it was registered separately for the original term as an unpublished work, or the motion picture bore a separate copyright notice for the photograph. Renewal registration for such photograph cannot be based on the original registration record for the motion picture. See Section 2122.6 (C).