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Old 08-24-2006, 11:59 AM   #3
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okay, here it goes. sorry if it's confusing, but to be honest i'm very confused myself.

we are a united states book publisher and book distributor. in addition to our publishing/distributing own books, we distribute books originally published by a company in the united kingdom.

for books published by us, i do the whole library of congress (lib) thing for the copyright - fill out the appropriate form, send two copies to lib, pay the free, done.

for books we distribute that were originally published in the uk, we do nothing. it has recently been brought to our attention that we may be violating united states copyright law by not registering these previously published foreign books that we distribute here in the united states.


Although the deposit requirements are limited to works published in the United States, they do apply to a work that was first published in a foreign country as soon as that work is published in the United States through the distribution of copies or phonorecords that are either imported or are part of an American edition.
so here's my question: should we be filling out forms, sending copies, and paying to have these foreign books we distrbute copyrighted in the united states? the verso page on these books already contains various copyright verbage. that doesn't matter? i really don't know what if anything they are doing about copyrights on their end.

any insight?
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