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(1)A person who publishes in the United Kingdom a work to which this Act applies must at his own expense deliver a copy of it to an address specified (generally or in a particular case) by any deposit library entitled to delivery under this section.
(2)If a deposit library other than the authority controlling the Library of Trinity College, Dublin has not specified an address, the copy is to be delivered to the library.
(3)In the case of a work published in print, this Act applies to—
(a)a book (including a pamphlet, magazine or newspaper),
(b)a sheet of letterpress or music,
(c)a map, plan, chart or table, and
(d)a part of any such work;
but that is subject to any prescribed exception.
(4)In the case of a work published in a medium other than print, this Act applies to a work of a prescribed description.
(5)A prescribed description may not include works consisting only of—
(a)a sound recording or film or both, or
(b)such material and other material which is merely incidental to it.
(6)Subject to section 6(2)(h), the obligation under subsection (1) is to deliver a copy of the work in the medium in which it is published.
(7)In this section, “address” means an address in the United Kingdom or an electronic address.
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