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512.2 (B) Registering Multiple Versions of a Published Work: Less Complete Version Published First

512.2 (B) Registering Multiple Versions of a Published Work: Less Complete Version Published First


If one version contains some–but not all–of the copyrightable material that appears in other versions of the same work and if that version was published first, the applicant may register any or all of those versions. When completing the application for the more complete version(s) the applicant should exclude any material that appeared in the previously published versions of the same work using the procedure described in Chapter 600, Section 621.8.


Example:


• The Block Island Press published a calendar on June 1, 2011 that contains a number of photographs. On June 15, 2011, the company published a coffee table book containing the same photographs and some additional sketches. The publisher may submit a separate application for the calendar and the book. When completing the application for the calendar, the publisher should assert a claim in the photographs. When completing an application for the book, the publisher should assert a claim in the artwork, and should exclude the previously published photographs from the claim.

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