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612.7 (D) Extraneous Statements Concerning Publication

612.7 (D) Extraneous Statements Concerning Publication


As a general rule, there is no need to explain the basis for the applicant’s statement that the work is published or unpublished. The registration specialist will not communicate with the applicant if such extraneous statements are provided, unless they are contradicted by information found in the deposit copy(ies), elsewhere in the registration materials, or other materials.


Examples:


• An application is submitted for a recording of a live sporting event. In the Note to Copyright Office field the applicant states that the event was “televised on New Year’s Day,” but the applicant does not provide a date or nation of publication. The statement is considered superfluous, because a public performance does not constitute publication under U.S. copyright law.


• The applicant submits an application for a motion picture and provides a date of first publication. In the Note to Copyright Office field the applicant states that the work was released in theaters on December 31, 2008. The statement is considered superfluous, because the release of a motion picture to theaters constitutes publication under U.S. copyright law.


• The applicant provides a date of first publication for a musical work. In the Note to Copyright Office field, the applicant explains that he “gave CDs to the audience at my concert.” The statement is considered superfluous, because the distribution of copies constitutes publication.

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