What Is Mandatory Deposit?

Copies of all works under copyright protection that have been published in the United States are required to be deposited with the Copyright Office within three months of the date of first publication. The deposit can be sent by mail to Copyright Office, Library of Congress, 101 Independence Avenue, S.E.,Washington, D.C. 20559­6000. Contact the Certifications and Documents Section of the Copyright Office (202) 707­6787 for more details.

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