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Pastor, Church & Law

written by Richard R. Hammar, J.D., LL.M., CPA

The Deposit Requirement

Volume 4 . Chapter 9 . § 9-05.02
Key point 9-05.2. Copyright owners must "deposit" two copies of their work with the Copyright Office within three months of publication. Failure to do so may result in fines or penalties, but it will not affect the copyright in a work.

Although copyright registration is not required, the Copyright Act establishes a mandatory deposit requirement for works published with notice of copyright in the United States. In general, the copyright owner, or the owner of the exclusive right of publication in a work, has a legal obligation to deposit in the Copyright Office, within three months of publication, two copies (or in the case of sound recordings, two phonorecords) for the use of the Library of Congress. Failure to make the deposit can result in ...

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