17 USC 402
Notice of copyright: Phonorecords of sound recordings
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(a)General provisions. Whenever a sound recording protected under this title is published in the United States or elsewhere by authority of the copyright owner, a notice of copyright as provided by this section may be placed on publicly distributed phonorecords of the sound recording.
(b)Form of notice. If a notice appears on the phonorecords, it shall consist of the following three elements:
(1)the symbol (R) (the letter P in a circle); and
(2)the year of first publication of the sound recording; and
(3)the name of the owner of copyright in the sound recording, or an abbreviation by which the name can be recognized, or a generally known alternative designation of the owner; if the producer of the sound recording is named on the phonorecord labels or containers, and if no other name appears in conjunction with the notice, the producer's name shall be considered a part of the notice.