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

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802.4 (B) Phonorecords

802.4 (B) Phonorecords

Phonorecords of musical works include the following:

• Hard copy formats embodying recorded sound, including but not limited to compact discs, vinyl records, and tapes.

• Digital audio files embodying recorded sound, including .wav, .mp3, .wma (uploaded or embodied in compact discs, flash drives, and other digital file storage devices). A digital audio file that is uploaded to the Office’s server in support of an electronic registration application is a phonorecord for registration purposes.

For the deposit requirements for musical works published in phonorecords, see Chapter 1500, Sections 1509.2 (A) (2) (A) and 1509.2 (A) (2) (C). For unpublished musical works, see Chapter 1500, Section 1509.2 (A) (1).

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