Compendium of U.S. Copyright Practices, 3rd Edition

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2121.5 Prints and Pictorial Illustrations

2121.5 Prints and Pictorial Illustrations

Prints were registered for the original term under class K and reproductions of artistic works and photographs were registered in classes H and K, respectively. Since 1978 they have been registered in class VA. For renewal registration purposes, this type of work includes published prints (commercial or otherwise), posters, pictorial illustrations, greeting cards, picture postcards, gameboards, and labels, among other works produced by means of lithography, photoengraving, or other methods of reproduction.

To be registrable for the renewal term, a print or pictorial illustration should contain original graphic or pictorial material. A reproduction should contain original authorship such as drawing, sculpture, or molding, and the underlying work should be a pictorial, graphic, or sculptural work. Because a reproduction is a derivative work, a renewal claim must describe the authorship in the reproduction. Prints and labels, as well as reproductions first published in books, are generally subject to the manufacturing clause.

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