Under the Copyright Act, "publication" requires the distribution of a work to the public by a transfer in ownership (i.e. a sale, lease, rental, or lending). A public performance or display of a work alone does not constitute publication. See 17 U.S.C. §101.
Definition from Nolo’s Plain-English Law Dictionary
1) Information conveyed or made generally known to the public regardless of the media or method of communication. 2) A method of providing legal notice, usually by means of an approved newspaper in the appropriate county or district. 3) In defamation (libel and slander), the communication of an untrue statement to anyone other than the victim of the falsehood. 4) In copyright law, the act of making copies of a work available to the public on an unrestricted basis. (See also: published work
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