[Foundation-l] Copyright deposits are mandatory (was Re: GFDL and relicensing)

Anthony wikimail at inbox.org
Mon Nov 26 01:20:54 UTC 2007

On Nov 25, 2007 8:16 PM, Robert Horning <robert_horning at netzero.net> wrote:
> BTW, who says that parts of Wikipedia haven't been registered with
> national copyright registration agencies (like the Library of
> Congress)?

The sad thing is, it's actually illegal to publish Wikipedia in the
United States *without* depositing a copy with the Library of
Congress.  "In general, the owner of copyright or the owner of the
exclusive right of publication in the work has a legal obligation to
deposit in the Copyright Office, within 3 months of publication in the
United States, 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 fines and other penalties but does not
affect copyright protection" http://www.copyright.gov/circs/circ1.html

I wonder if section 230 of the CDA would come into place there.  Are
deposit requrements a "law pertaining to intellectual property"?

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