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Compendium of US Copyright Office Practices, II (1984)

PREFACE


This Compendium (designated as Compendium II) reflects Copyright Office practices under the copyright law which became fully effective on January 1, 1978, including Title 17 of the United States Code and amendments thereof.

An earlier Compendium (now called Compendium I) was issued a number of years ago to reflect Copyright Office practices under the copyright Act of 1909, as amended. Compendium I applies to Copyright Office actions, in situations which it covers, where the provisions of the Copyright Act of 1909, as amended, are dispositive.

The Compendium is a manual intended primarily for the use of the staff of the Copyright Office as a general guide to its examining and related practices. It is not a book of rules that is meant to provide a ready-made answer to all questions that arise. Any new case presented to the Office may require special analysis.

The practices of the Copyright Office are subject to constant review and modification in the light of new experience and continuing reappraisal. Accordingly, additions, deletions, and other amendments will be made from time to time. The Copyright Office will provide an up-to-date copy of the Compendium for public inspection and copying. The Office will likewise maintain a separate record of all material withdrawn from the Compendium as superseded.

Section 201.1(b)(3) of the Copyright Office Regulations, Title 37 of the Code of Federal Regulations, which are authorized under section 702 of the current copyright law, provides for a compendium of Office practices.

Copies of Compendium II are available for purchase from the Superintendent of Documents, United States Government Printing Office, as a looseleaf publication; amendments and supplements will be published by the Superintendent of Documents in the form of additional or replacement pages as such changes are made.

Copies of the earlier Compendium (Compendium I) may be purchased from the National Technical Information Service, United States Department of Commerce.

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TABLE OF CONTENTS

Number Title
100 BASIC POLICIES
200 COPYRIGHTABLE MATTER: IN GENERAL
300 COPYRIGHTABLE MATTER: NONDRAMATIC LITERARY WORKS
400 COPYRIGHTABLE MATTER: WORKS OF THE PERFORMING ARTS AND SOUND RECORDINGS
500 COPYRIGHTABLE MATTER: PICTORIAL, GRAPHIC AND SCULPTURAL WORKS
600 REGISTRATION PROCEDURES [IN PREPARATION]
700 APPLICATIONS AND FEES
800 DEPOSIT FOR REGISTRATION
900 PUBLICATION
1000 NOTICE OF COPYRIGHT
1100 ELIGIBILITY
1200 MANUFACTURING PROVISIONS
1300 RENEWAL OF COPYRIGHT
1400 GROUP REGISTRATIONS IN PREPARATION
1500 CORRECTIONS AND AMPLIFICATIONS OF COPYRIGHT OFFICE RECORDS; SUPPLEMENTARY REGISTRATIONS
1600 RECORDATION OF TRANSFERS AND OTHER DOCU­MENTS PERTAINING TO A COPYRIGHT
---- INDEX TO COMPENDIUM II