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

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2309.10 (B) Date of Execution

2309.10 (B) Date of Execution

When signing a transfer or other document pertaining to copyright, parties are encouraged to provide the month, day, and year that the document was executed. As discussed in Sections 2309.3 (B) and 2309.3 (C), recordation may establish priority in the event of a conflicting transfer involving a particular work, depending on the date that the document was executed and recorded with the U.S. Copyright Office.

If the document specifies the precise month, day, and year that it was executed, then as discussed in Section 2306.6, the recordation specialist will include that information in the online public record. If the date of execution appears to be incomplete, the specialist will include whatever month, day, and/or year that is specified in the document.

If the document does not specify a date of execution, the specialist will record the document with an annotation, such as: “No date given.”

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