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2205.1 (A) Year of Publication

2205.1 (A) Year of Publication


As a general rule, the notice on visually perceptible copies and on phonorecords of sound recordings must include the year of first publication. The notice on copies of a compilation or derivative work incorporating previously published material only requires the year of first publication for the compilation or derivative work. 17 U.S.C. §§ 401 (B) (2), 402 (B) (2).


A notice may be accepted if the year of publication is presented in any of the following forms:


• Arabic numerals (e.g., 1981).


• Abbreviations of Arabic numerals (e.g., ’81).


• Roman numerals (e.g., MCMLXXXI).


• Numeric words (e.g., Nineteen Hundred Eighty-One).


• The year of first publication followed by multiple year dates (e.g., 1981, 1982, 1983).