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U.S. Copyright Office, Registration Decision; Registration and Deposit of Computer Screen Display (ML-387) (July 1988) (full-text).

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This notice of a registration decision is issued to inform the public that the Copyright Office has determined that all copyrightable expression owned by the same claimant and embodied in a computer program, or first published as a unit with a computer program, including computer screen displays, is considered a single work and should be registered on a single copyright application form.

The notice also confirms the applicability to computer screen displays of 37 C.F.R. 202.3(b)(3) concerning registration of all copyrightable expression in a unit of publication and 37 C.F.R. 202.3(b)(6) concerning one registration per work. In order to clarify copyright claims in computer screen displays, applicants will be accorded an option of depositing visual reproductions of computer screens along with identifying materials' for the computer code. Where a work contains different kinds of authorship, the registration class will be determined on the basis of which authorship predominates. 37 C.F.R. 202.3(b)(2).

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