[Code of Federal Regulations]
[Title 37, Volume 1]
[Revised as of July 1, 1999]
From the U.S. Government Printing Office via GPO Access
[CITE: 37CFR201.24]

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             TITLE 37--PATENTS, TRADEMARKS, AND COPYRIGHTS
 
                                CONGRESS
 
PART 201--GENERAL PROVISIONS--Table of Contents
 
Sec. 201.24  Warning of copyright for software lending by nonprofit libraries.

    (a) Definition. A Warning of Copyright for Software Rental is a 
notice under paragraph (b)(2)(A) of section 109 of the Copyright Act, 
title 17 of the United States Code, as amended by the Computer Software 
Rental Amendments Act of 1990, Public Law 101-650. As required by that 
paragraph, the ``Warning of Copyright for Software Rental'' shall be 
affixed to the packaging that contains the computer program which is 
lent by a nonprofit library for nonprofit purposes.
    (b) Contents. A Warning of Copyright for Software Rental shall 
consist of a verbatim reproduction of the following notice, printed in 
such size and form and affixed in such manner as to comply with 
paragraph (c) of this section.

                Notice: Warning of Copyright Restrictions

    The copyright law of the United States (Title 17, United States 
Code) governs the reproduction, distribution, adaptation, public 
performance, and public display of copyrighted material.
    Under certain conditions specified in law, nonprofit libraries are 
authorized to lend,

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lease, or rent copies of computer programs to patrons on a nonprofit 
basis and for nonprofit purposes. Any person who makes an unauthorized 
copy or adaptation of the computer program, or redistributes the loan 
copy, or publicly performs or displays the computer program, except as 
permitted by title 17 of the United States Code, may be liable for 
copyright infringement.
    This institution reserves the right to refuse to fulfill a loan 
request if, in its judgement, fulfillment of the request would lead to 
violation of the copyright law.

    (c) Form and manner of use. A Warning of Copyright for Software 
Rental shall be affixed to the packaging that contains the copy of the 
computer program, which is the subject of a library loan to patrons, by 
means of a label cemented, gummed, or otherwise durably attached to the 
copies or to a box, reel, cartridge, cassette, or other container used 
as a permanent receptacle for the copy of the computer program. The 
notice shall be printed in such manner as to be clearly legible, 
comprehensible, and readily apparent to a casual user of the computer 
program.

[56 FR 7812, Feb. 26, 1991]