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2122.1 (E) Notice Requirements

 

2122.1 (E) Notice Requirements

 

The notice for a musical work or song should contain the word “copyright,” the abbreviation “Copr.,” or the symbol ¬©, the year in which copyright was secured and the name of the copyright proprietor and be placed either “upon its title page or the first page of music.” Copyright Act of 1909, Pub. L. No. 60-349, §§ 19-20, 35 Stat. 1075, 1079- 80 (1909). For lyrics published on an album cover or insert, the copyright notice should be placed on the cover or insert or near the title of the song. For musical works first published in a motion picture, the separate copyright notice should appear within the credits. For more information about copyright 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 http://copyright.gov/comp3/chap2100/doc/appendixA-noticerequirements.pdf.