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2122.4 Works Prepared for Oral Delivery, Presentation, or Performance

2122.4 Works Prepared for Oral Delivery, Presentation, or Performance


In general, nondramatic literary works could only secure statutory protection under the Copyright Act of 1909 by the act of publication with the statutory or U.C.C. notice, followed by registration in class A, or since 1978, in class TX. However, certain literary works prepared specifically for performance or presentation to the public could secure statutory protection prior to publication by registration in class C. Because these works secured statutory protection by registration as unpublished works, a renewal claim based on an original class C registration cannot contain publication information.