Copyright Material – Media Mail
Updated January 2001
This Customer Support Ruling discusses the
eligibility of copyright material at the Media Mail rates of
Prior to January 1, 1978, articles transmitted to
postmasters for mailing to the Register of Copyrights to comply with
the deposit requirements of the Copyright Law could be sent as
penalty mail of the Library of Congress, for which the Library
reimbursed the Postal Service. However, effective January 1, 1978,
these provisions were repealed because section 105(e) of Public Law
94-553 repealed the authorization to use penalty envelopes for
copyright material. Subsequent to this date, persons seeking
copyright registration must fully prepay applicable postage and fees
on copyright material mailed to the Register of Copyrights.
When copyright registration materials consist of such
items as play scripts, and manuscripts for books, periodicals, and
music, they are acceptable in the mails at the Media Mail rate of
postage under Domestic Mail Manual (DMM) 173.3.2f*. The
marking “Media Mail” must be placed conspicuously on the address
side of each package as prescribed in DMM 175.1.3.
*See also DMM 373.2 and 473.2.
United States Postal Service
Washington DC 20260-3436