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2407.1 (E) (2) Custody of Deposits

2407.1 (E) (2) Custody of Deposits


Once a claim has been registered or refused, the deposit copy(ies) or identifying material may or may not be retained by the Office. As a general rule, if the work is unpublished or if the applicant uploaded a digital copy or phonorecord of the work through the electronic registration system, the Office will retain the deposit copy or identifying material until the copyright expires. By contrast, the Office may or may not retain the deposit for a published work, but will do so if the applicant requests full-term retention. For a discussion of this procedure, see Section 2410.


If the applicant submits physical copies or phonorecords of a published work, the deposit will be offered to the Library of Congress for its collections. If the Library does not select the work for use in its collection, the deposit copies may be retained by the Office, they may be offered to another agency, library, or nonprofit institution, or they may be discarded.


As noted in Sections 2407.1 (B) (2) and 2407.1 (D) (2), the Office does not provide inspection or copies of deposits that have not been retained by the Office, including copies of works contained in the Library of Congress’s collections.


• To request copies of an audiovisual work or other multimedia work contained in the Library’s collections, members of the public should contact the Library’s Motion Picture, Broadcasting and Recorded Sound Division by sending an email to mpref@loc.gov.


• To request copies of a sound recording contained in the Library’s collections, members of the public should contact the Library’s Recorded Sound Reference Center by sending an email to rsrc@loc.gov or by calling (202) 707-7833.


• For all other works contained in the Library’s collections, members of the public should contact the Library’s Duplication Services by sending an email to duplicationservices@loc.gov or by calling (202) 707-5640.