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17 U.S.C. § 303 - U.S. Code - Unannotated Title 17. Copyrights § 303. Duration of copyright:  Works created but not published or copyrighted before January 1, 1978

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(a)?Copyright in a work created before January 1, 1978, but not theretofore in the public domain or copyrighted, subsists from January 1, 1978, and endures for the term provided by section 302. ?In no case, however, shall the term of copyright in such a work expire before December 31, 2002; ?and, if the work is published on or before December 31, 2002, the term of copyright shall not expire before December 31, 2047.

(b)?The distribution before January 1, 1978, of a phonorecord shall not for any purpose constitute a publication of any musical work, dramatic work, or literary work embodied therein.

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