17 USC 1304
Commencement of protection
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The protection provided for a design under this chapter [17 USC § §1301 et seq.] shall commence upon the earlier of the date of publication of the registration under section 1313(a) [17 USC 1313(a)] or the date the design is first made public as defined by section 1310(b) [17 USC 1310(b)].