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2208 Government Works

2208 Government Works


Protection under the Copyright Act is not available for any work of the United States government. However, if a work consists of both a work of the United States government and a work protectable under the Copyright Act, the notice should contain a statement identifying those portions of the copies or phonorecord that do or do not contain work(s) that are protected under the Copyright Act. 17 U.S.C. §§ 105, 403.


If the work was published on or after March 1, 1989, the U.S. Copyright Office may register the claim even if this statement does not appear in the notice. By contrast, if the work was published between January 1, 1978 and February 28, 1989, the failure to include this statement may be considered an omission of the notice.