[Federal Register: November 18, 1999 (Volume 64, Number 222)]

[Rules and Regulations]               

[Page 62977-62978]



Copyright Office

37 CFR Part 202

[Docket No.: RM-99-6]


Copyright Rules and Regulations

AGENCY: Copyright Office, Library of Congress.

ACTION: Technical amendment.


SUMMARY: The definition of what is the best edition of a published work 

is found in 37 CFR 202.19(b)(1)(i). The Copyright Office is amending 

its regulations to clarify where the public may find a statement on the 

best edition of published copyrighted works for the collections of the 

Library of Congress. The statement, which contains the criteria for 

selection of what constitutes the ``best edition'' of a published work, 

is located in appendix B of 37 CFR part 202.

EFFECTIVE DATE: November 18, 1999.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: David O. Carson, General Counsel, or 

Marilyn J. Kretsinger, Assistant General Counsel, Copyright GC/I&R, PO 

Box 70400, Southwest Station, Washington, DC 20024. Telephone: (202) 

707-8380. Fax: (202) 707-8366.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Section 407 of the copyright statute 

requires that the best edition of a published work must be deposited 

with a copyright registration application so that the Library of 

Congress may consider whether to select a work for its collections or 

for other suitable purposes. See 37 CFR 202.19. The Copyright Office is 

now amending its regulation concerning what constitutes

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the ``best edition'' of a published work for registration purposes. 

This amendment merely clarifies that the criteria for selection of the 

``best edition'' of published copies or phonorecords is located in 

appendix B title 37 of the Code of Federal Regulations. Information 

about ``best edition'' copies or phonorecords is also located in the 

Office's Circular 7b.

List of Subjects in 37 CFR Part 202

    Copyright, Registration of claims to copyright.

    For the reasons stated above, 37 CFR part 202 is amended as 



    1. The authority citation for part 202 continues to read as 


    Authority: 17 U.S.C. 702.

Sec. 202.19  [Amended]

    2. Section 202.19 is amended by adding at the end of paragraph 

(b)(1)(i) a new sentence to read as follows:

* * * * *

    (b) * * *

    (l) * * *

    (i) * * * The ``best edition'' requirement is described in detail 

at Appendix B to this part.

* * * * *

    3. Section 202.19(b)(1)(ii) is amended by removing ``Copies of the 

Best Edition Statement are available upon request made to the Copyright 

Acquisitions Division.'' .

    Dated: November 10, 1999.

Marybeth Peters,

Register of Copyrights.

[FR Doc. 99-29877 Filed 11-17-99; 8:45 am]