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What's New at the Copyright Office - Recent Updates



What's New at the Copyright Office - Recent Updates



 



U.S. Copyright Office, NewsNet Issue 701

Thu, 18 Jan 2018 09:09:45 -0600

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NewsNet Issue 701
January 18, 2018

Copyright Office Introduces Online Group Registration of Photographs

As part of its continued efforts to modernize its services, the U.S. Copyright Office announces that, as of February 20, 2018, it will begin accepting applications for group registration of photographs through the Office’s online registration system. In most cases, applicants will generally be required to file such applications online, and may include up to 750 photographs in each claim. The Office has also made other changes to streamline the practices relating to group registration of photographs, described in a final rule published in the Federal Register today. The Office believes that these changes will make it significantly easier for photographers to register their works with the Copyright Office. The Office will be releasing the application on its online registration system (eCO) prior to the effective date to provide users with time to familiarize themselves with the new form.

 




U.S. Copyright Office, NewsNet Issue 700

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 09:17:37 -0600

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NewsNet Issue 700
January 17, 2018

Copyright Office Publishes Final Rule to Simplify Deposit Requirements for Certain Literary Works and Musical Compositions

The United States Copyright Office today published a final rule amending the regulations governing the deposit requirements for certain types of published literary works and musical compositions, to require the deposit of a single copy rather than two copies. The final rule will apply to certain literary monographs (as defined in the rule) and musical compositions published in print formats. Additionally, the final rule clarifies the deposit requirements for musical compositions published both in print and phonorecord formats, to require the submission of the print version for purposes of copyright registration.

The final rule is available here and goes into effect on February 16, 2018.

 

 

 




U.S. Copyright Office, NewsNet Issue 699

Tue, 16 Jan 2018 15:22:10 -0600

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NewsNet Issue 699
January 16, 2018

U.S. Copyright Office Extends Comment Period for Interim Rules on Secure Tests

The United States Copyright Office is extending the deadline for the submission of written comments in response to two interim rules governing the registration of secure tests.  The first interim rule, issued June 12, 2017, memorialized the Office’s special procedures for examining such tests.  The second interim rule, issued November 13, 2017, established a new group registration option for secure test questions.  The Office previously extended the deadline for the submission of written comments on these rules, and is now further extending the deadline by an additional sixty days to ensure that members of the pubic have sufficient time to respond.  Comments must be received no later than 11:59 p.m. Eastern time on April 2, 2018.

The formal extension notice, the interim rules, and instructions on how to submit a comment are available here.

 

 




U.S. Copyright Office, NewsNet Issue 698

Wed, 27 Dec 2017 08:33:15 -0600

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NewsNet Issue 698
December 27, 2017

U.S. Copyright Office Extends Comment Period For Rulemaking Relating to Cable, Satellite, and DART License Reporting Practices

On December 1, 2017, the United States Copyright Office published a notice of proposed rulemaking and request for comments concerning the royalty reporting practices of cable operators under section 111 and proposed revisions to the Statement of Account forms, and on proposed amendments to the Statement of Account filing requirements.

 

To ensure that commenters have sufficient time to respond to the notice, the Office is extending the deadline for the submission of initial written comments to 11:59 p.m. Eastern time on March 16, 2018. Written reply comments must be received no later than 11:59 p.m. Eastern time on April 6, 2018.

 

The proposed regulations and instructions on how to submit a comment are available here.

 

 




U.S. Copyright Office, NewsNet Issue 697

Thu, 21 Dec 2017 11:40:26 -0600

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NewsNet Issue 697
December 21, 2017

Copyright Online Registration System Problem

Filers who use the Safari (Apple) browser to submit applications via the United States Copyright Officeʼs online registration system are currently unable to upload files into the system. Technicians are working diligently to resolve the issue as quickly as possible.

The system has been confirmed for use with the Firefox browser, Version 27 or later. Other browsers such as Internet Explorer, Chrome, and Netscape (as well as out-of-date browsers) may work but have not been tested and are not supported by the Copyright Office. A follow-up notification will be distributed when the Safari issue has been resolved.

Thank you for your patience.

 




U.S. Copyright Office, NewsNet Issue 696

Mon, 18 Dec 2017 16:15:06 -0600

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NewsNet Issue 696
December 18th, 2017

Today, the U.S. Copyright Office implemented a series of technical upgrades to its electronic registration system. The upgrades:

  • reorganize the home screen for the eCO system;
  • remove the three questions that previously directed applicants to the Standard Application or the Single Application;
  • introduce a new and improved version of the Single Application;
  • modify the authorship statements in the application for registering a serial publication; and
  • add a new feature that will allow certain file types to be uploaded to the electronic registration system, while blocking unacceptable file types.

These improvements are designed to enhance the user experience and increase the efficiency of the examination of these claims. More information about these technical upgrades is available here.

In addition, the Copyright Office has released an updated circular that provides detailed information about the new version of the Single Application.

 

 




U.S. Copyright Office, NewsNet Issue 695

Mon, 18 Dec 2017 11:37:07 -0600

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NewsNet Issue 695
December 18, 2017

Copyright Office Interim Rule on Document Recordation and New Recordation Fee for Electronic Title Lists Effective Today

Today, the Office’s previously announced interim rule on document recordation and new recordation fee for electronic title lists became effective. In connection with these new rules, the Office has revised its document cover sheet, Form DCS, and its use is now mandatory for all recordation submissions. The revised form and instructions for completing it can be found here. Additionally, the Office has created a similar cover sheet for notice of termination filings, Form TCS, the use of which is also mandatory. That form and instructions for completing it can be found here. Lastly, the Office has amended the requirements and process for creating and submitting electronic title lists. The Office now has an Excel template for remitters to use in creating their lists. Detailed requirements and instructions for completing and submitting electronic title lists can be found here.

 




U.S. Copyright Office, NewsNet Issue 694

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 12:40:42 -0600

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NewsNet Issue 694
December 13th, 2017

Final Reminder to Re-Register DMCA Agents in Electronic System

This is the final reminder from the U.S. Copyright Office that any online service provider that designated an agent with the Office pursuant to the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) under the Office’s old paper-based registration process, and that wishes to maintain an active designation with the Office, has until December 31, 2017, to re-register its designation using the Office’s new online registration system. After December 31, 2017, all paper designations will expire and become invalid. Registration in the new system only costs $6 and should only take a few minutes to complete.

If you have already registered your designated agent in the electronic system, you do not need to take further action at this time to satisfy the re-registration requirement.

The Office’s new DMCA agent registration system was launched on December 1, 2016. Since then, we have made a number of improvements to the system’s design, aimed at making it easier to register. In addition, the Office has engaged in continuous outreach efforts, including by sending periodic reminder emails to service providers registered in the Office’s old system. Today, over 11,600 service providers have registered DMCA agents in the new system, and those designations encompass over 150,000 alternative names.

For more information about the Office’s DMCA Designated Agent Directory, please visit the system’s home page here. From this page, users can access the directory, create or login to a registration account, review regulations, watch video tutorials demonstrating how to use the system, read answers to frequently asked questions about the system, or contact the Office with any questions.

 

 




U.S. Copyright Office, NewsNet Issue 693

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 09:19:13 -0600

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NewsNet Issue 693
December 11th, 2017

U.S. Copyright Office Issues Request for Reply Comments and Notice of Ex-Parte Communication For Rulemaking Relating to Cable, Satellite, and DART License Reporting Practices

On December 1, 2017, the United States Copyright Office published a notice of proposed rulemaking and request for comments concerning the royalty reporting practices of cable operators under section 111 and proposed revisions to the Statement of Account forms, and on proposed amendments to the Statement of Account filing requirements.

 

The Copyright Office has determined that reply comments would also be appropriate for this rulemaking. Accordingly, initial written comments in response to the proposed rule published December 1, 2017 continue to be due no later than 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time on January 16, 2018. Written reply comments must be received no later than 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time on January 30, 2018. In addition, the Office has determined that holding meetings with interested parties might be beneficial, such as to discuss nuances of proposed regulatory language.

 

The proposed regulations and instructions on how to submit a comment or meeting request are available here.

 




U.S. Copyright Office, NewsNet Issue 692

Fri, 01 Dec 2017 08:45:11 -0600

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NewsNet Issue 692
December 1st, 2017

U.S. Copyright Office Issues Notice of Proposed Rulemaking Relating to Cable, Satellite, and DART License Reporting Practices

The Copyright Office has published a notice of proposed rulemaking to update its regulations governing the royalty reporting practices of cable operators under section 111 of the Copyright Act, and to update related statement of account filing requirements.  With this proposed rule, the Office intends to resolve issues raised in an earlier notice of inquiry directed towards cable reporting practices, as well as address additional issues that have subsequently developed.  The Office proposes a number of changes to the statement of account forms, including increasing the specificity of subscriber and rate information requested, and a new section to address the Copyright Royalty Board’s proposed rule, assuming it is adopted, requiring covered cable systems to pay a separate per-telecast royalty (a “sports surcharge”) in addition to the other royalties that cable systems must pay under section 111.  In addition, the Office proposes to amend the regulatory definition of “cable system” to reflect both the Copyright Office’s longstanding position that such systems are limited to systems providing only localized retransmissions, and the uniform case law holding that internet-based retransmission services are excluded from the section 111 compulsory license.

 

To the extent this rulemaking proposes changes to the Office’s section 111 regulations governing the processing of refunds, supplemental or amended payments, or calculation of interest, as well as case management procedures, the Office proposes similar changes with regard to the regulations governing the section 119 and Chapter 10 licenses for satellite carriers and digital audio recording devices or media.

 

The proposed regulations and instructions on how to submit a comment are available here.  Written comments must be received no later than January 16, 2018, at 11:59 p.m. Eastern time.

 




U.S. Copyright Office, NewsNet Issue 691

Mon, 13 Nov 2017 10:38:17 -0600

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NewsNet Issue 691
November 13, 2017

Secure Tests Interim Rule

The United States Copyright Office has adopted a new interim rule governing its special procedure for examining secure tests. This interim rule establishes a new group registration option for secure test questions and answers and other related materials (referred to as “test items”). This option will permit registration of test items that are stored in an electronic database or test bank. The interim rule will go into effect immediately. The Office is continuing to accept comments on its earlier June 12, 2017, interim rule for secure tests as well as this new interim rule.

The new interim rule and instructions on how to submit a comment are available here. Written comments must be received no later than December 11, 2017, at 11:59 p.m. Eastern time.

 




U.S. Copyright Office, NewsNet Issue 690

Mon, 13 Nov 2017 10:05:53 -0600

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NewsNet Issue 690
November 13th, 2017

Copyright Office Publishes Interim Rule on Document Recordation

Today, the U.S. Copyright Office published an interim rule amending its regulations concerning the recordation of transfers of copyright ownership, notices of termination, and other documents pertaining to copyright. On May 18, 2017, the Office issued an NPRM proposing amendments to the Office’s recordation regulations designed to update them in anticipation of development of a new electronic recordation system. The NPRM also noted that at least some aspects of the proposal could be implemented prior to the rollout of the new system. This interim rule adopts a number of the proposed improvements to the extent practicable under the current paper-based recordation system. The Office intends to replace the interim rule with a final rule once the new online system is publicly released. While the rule makes many changes and clarifications, the general mechanics of recordation remain essentially the same. One of the more notable amendments is that electronically signed documents can now be recorded, expanding the universe of recordable documents. Additionally, a document cover sheet containing various certifications and indexing information is now required, which should aid remitters in confirming their submissions are complete and compliant, and should also benefit the Office by making the examination process more efficient.

More information is available here.

 




U.S. Copyright Office, NewsNet Issue 689

Mon, 13 Nov 2017 10:04:23 -0600

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NewsNet Issue 689
November 13th, 2017

Copyright Office Announces New Recordation Fee for Electronic Title Lists and Policy Change Concerning Section 115 NOI Fees

Today, the U.S. Copyright Office published a final rule establishing a separate, lower filing fee for recording documents with the Office when they are submitted with an electronic title list, i.e., a list of certain indexing information about the works to which such documents pertain. The reduced fee should incentivize use of these lists, leading to increased administrative efficiency and providing a less expensive avenue to obtaining the benefits of recording a document with the Copyright Office. As required by 17 U.S.C. § 708, in connection with this fee, the Office conducted a cost study and submitted a proposed fee schedule and analysis to Congress on August 18, 2017, which began a 120-day review period. If no law is enacted stating in substance that Congress does not approve of the fee during this time, the fee will become effective on December 18, 2017.

In addition, though unrelated to the final rule, the same notice announces a policy change, also effective December 18, 2017, to require the payment of fees for the filing of all notices of intention to obtain a compulsory license to make and distribute phonorecords under 17 U.S.C. § 115 (NOIs), including those that are filed in the Office after failed delivery to the copyright owner.

The notice announcing the final rule and policy change is available here.

 




U.S. Copyright Office, NewsNet Issue 688

Mon, 06 Nov 2017 08:34:29 -0600

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NewsNet Issue 688
November 6th, 2017

U.S. Copyright Office Issues Notice of Proposed Rulemaking Relating to Group Registration of Newspapers

The Copyright Office has published a notice of proposed rulemaking to update its regulations governing group registration of newspapers. Among other things, the proposed rule will require applicants to file an online application rather than a paper application and upload a complete digital copy of each issue through the electronic registration system instead of submitting them in physical form (although applicants may additionally continue to submit their issues on microfilm on a voluntary basis if the microfilm is received by December 31, 2019). In addition, the notice explains that the Library of Congress plans to incorporate digital copies of these registration deposits into its collections and provide Library patrons with onsite access to them, subject to restrictions set forth in the proposed rule.

The Office seeks public comments on the proposed amendments, which will be considered in promulgating a final rule.

The proposed regulations and instructions on how to submit a comment are available here. Written comments must be received no later than December 6, 2017, at 11:59 p.m. Eastern time.

 




U.S. Copyright Office, NewsNet Issue 687

Thu, 26 Oct 2017 09:23:23 -0500

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NewsNet Issue 687
October 26, 2017

U.S. Copyright Office Issues Notice of Proposed Rulemaking in the Seventh Triennial Rulemaking Proceeding Under Section 1201

The Copyright Office has published a notice of proposed rulemaking in the seventh triennial rulemaking proceeding under the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA), 17 U.S.C. § 1201. Section 1201 provides that the Librarian of Congress, upon the recommendation of the Register of Copyrights, may exempt certain classes of works from the prohibition against circumvention of technological measures that control access to copyrighted works.

As set forth in its prior notice of inquiry, the Office established a new, streamlined procedure for the renewal of exemptions that were granted during the sixth triennial rulemaking. The Office has now reviewed all comments regarding current exemptions received in response to that notice. With this notice of proposed rulemaking, the Office concludes that it has received a sufficient petition to renew each existing exemption, and it does not find any meaningful opposition to renewal. Accordingly, the Office intends to recommend readoption of all existing exemptions.

In addition, the notice outlines proposed classes for exemptions for which the Office now initiates three rounds of public comment. In the first round of comments, which are due December 18, 2017, the Office seeks legal and evidentiary submissions from parties who support the adoption of a proposed exemption as well as parties that neither support nor oppose an exemption but seek to share pertinent information about a proposal. Responsive legal and evidentiary submissions from those who oppose the adoption of a proposed exemption are due February 12, 2018. Written reply comments from supporters of a proposed exemption and parties that neither support nor oppose a proposed exemption are due March 14, 2018.

Participants in the proceeding are encouraged to familiarize themselves with section 1201(a)(1) and the rulemaking requirements so they can maximize the effectiveness of their submissions. For more information, commenters should carefully review the notice of proposed rulemaking and submission instructions available at https://www.copyright.gov/1201/2018/. Additional background information about section 1201 is available at https://www.copyright.gov/1201/, which contains helpful resources, such as video tutorials, the Office’s recent policy study on section 1201, and links to prior rulemaking proceedings.

 

 




U.S. Copyright Office, NewsNet Issue 686

Thu, 12 Oct 2017 14:17:24 -0500

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NewsNet Issue 686
October 12, 2017

Copyright Office Proposes Rule to Establish a Group Registration for Unpublished Works

The United States Copyright Office is proposing to create a new group registration option for a limited number of unpublished works. The proposed rule would replace the current “unpublished collections” registration option. Among other things, applicants would be required to submit an online application and upload their works to the electronic registration system, although the Office may waive these requirements in exceptional cases.

The proposed rule offers a number of significant benefits compared to current practices: it would allow the Office to more easily examine each work for copyrightable authorship, to create a more robust record of the claim, and to improve the overall efficiency of the registration process.

The notice of proposed rulemaking and instructions on how to submit a comment are available here. Written comments must be received no later than November 13, 2017, at 11:59 p.m. Eastern time.

 




U.S. Copyright Office, NewsNet Issue 685

Wed, 04 Oct 2017 13:45:54 -0500

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NewsNet Issue 685
October 4, 2017

Copyright Office Reports Results of Public Inquiry on Mass Digitization Pilot Program

The U.S. Copyright Office has submitted a letter to Congress reporting the results of the Office’s public inquiry on establishing a pilot program to facilitate the mass digitization of books and other copyrighted works. The inquiry followed the June 2015 publication of the Office’s report on Orphan Works and Mass Digitization, which proposed extended collective licensing (ECL) as a means of enabling the large-scale clearance of rights necessary for such projects. Because the United States lacks experience with such a system, the report recommended that ECL initially take the form of a limited pilot program. In addition, noting that stakeholder support is essential for ECL to succeed, the Office published a Federal Register notice inviting public input on the appropriate structure and operation of a pilot program. In response, the Office received more than eighty written comments from a wide range of interested parties.

In its letter, the Office reports that the comments indicate an overall lack of stakeholder consensus on key elements of an ECL pilot program. Therefore, the Office concludes that the submission of proposed legislation to Congress would be premature at this time. The Office, however, continues to believe that ECL offers a viable solution for mass digitization projects and stands ready to assist stakeholders in developing consensus-based legislation should Congress wish to pursue further discussion in this area.

The letter, public comments, and background material are available on the Copyright Office website at https://www.copyright.gov/policy/massdigitization/.

 

 




U.S. Copyright Office, NewsNet Issue 684

Fri, 29 Sep 2017 13:37:00 -0500

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NewsNet Issue 684
September 29, 2017

U.S. Copyright Office Releases Updated Version of the Compendium of U.S. Copyright Office Practices, Third Edition

Acting Register of Copyrights Karyn Temple Claggett today released an updated version of the Compendium of U.S. Copyright Office Practices, Third Edition. It is available on the Office’s website at https://www.copyright.gov/comp3/. This update is effective as of September 29, 2017, and it is the governing administrative manual for registrations and recordations issued by the U.S. Copyright Office on or after that date.

The Compendium is the administrative manual of the Register of Copyrights concerning the mandate and statutory duties of the Copyright Office under Title 17 of the United States Code. See 37 CFR. § 201.2(b)(7).

This update was initially released in draft form on June 1, 2017. The Office received comments on the draft from three organizations and four individuals. After carefully reviewing these comments, the Office revised twenty-one sections of the Compendium. For information concerning these revisions, read more. A complete list of all sections that have been added, amended, revised, or removed is posted on the Office’s website.

This version of the Compendium has been reformatted to improve readability for online and offline users. The update also includes improved hyperlinks to provide readers with direct access to the statute, regulations, and resources on the Office’s website, as well as improved cross-references between chapters.

 




U.S. Copyright Office, NewsNet Issue 683

Wed, 27 Sep 2017 11:34:05 -0500

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NewsNet Issue 683
September 27, 2017

Update and Reminder Concerning Electronic System for Designating Agents under DMCA

Today, the U.S. Copyright Office issued a new release of its electronic system to designate and search for agents to receive notifications of claimed infringement under the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (“DMCA”). This release makes a number of updates designed to enhance user experience. The primary updates are:

  • The Copyright Office can now transfer a designation from one user account to another upon request. For more information about transfers, please see the Office’s FAQ page, here.
  • By default, search results in the public directory now only show active service provider designations. There is now a box that users can check if they wish to also see terminated designations.
  • System users can now delete in-process designations.
  • There is now a preview screen that users will see before submitting payment.

In addition to these updates, the Office wishes to remind service providers that have previously registered a designation with the Office through the old paper-based system, that in order to maintain an active designation with the Office, a new designation must be made electronically using the new online registration system by December 31, 2017. Registration in the new system only costs $6 and only takes a few minutes.

Please note that any designation made in the old paper-based registration system will only continue to be valid until December 31, 2017, after which it will expire.

For more information about the Office’s DMCA Designated Agent Directory, please visit the system’s home page here. From this page, users can access the directory, create or login to a registration account, review regulations, watch video tutorials demonstrating how to use the system, read answers to frequently asked questions about the system, or contact the Office with any questions.

 




U.S. Copyright Office, NewsNet Issue 682

Thu, 21 Sep 2017 14:06:56 -0500

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NewsNet Issue 682
September 21, 2017

Copyright Office Begins Release of Refreshed and Updated Circulars

The U.S. Copyright Office today begins its release of refreshed and updated circulars to provide up-to-date and authoritative copyright information for a broad general audience. This release of 31 circulars represents a wide range of topics including copyright fundamentals, core Office procedures, Licensing Division practices, and work-specific application tips. These circulars are subject to two notable changes: (1) reformatting for optimal online reading and (2) revision to conform to the third edition of the Compendium of U.S. Copyright Office Practices. Circulars have served as a gateway to copyright law and Office practices since the late 1800s, and this is the first design update in more than a decade.

Remaining circulars will be released on a rolling basis through the end of 2017. The updated circulars are available here, and a table of topics can be found here.

 




U.S. Copyright Office, NewsNet Issue 681

Fri, 15 Sep 2017 09:59:56 -0500

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NewsNet Issue 681
September 15, 2017

Copyright Office Releases Section 108 Discussion Document

The U.S. Copyright Office today released its Section 108 Discussion Document.  Congress enacted section 108 of Title 17 in 1976, authorizing libraries and archives to reproduce and distribute, without permission, certain copyrighted works on a limited basis for the purposes of preservation, replacement, and research.  However, the exceptions outlined in section 108 did not anticipate and no longer address the ways in which copyrighted works are created, distributed, preserved, and accessed in the twenty-first century.

The Discussion Document emphasizes the Copyright Office’s longstanding position that section 108 needs to be updated so that libraries, archives, and museums have a robust, comprehensible, and balanced safe harbor to fulfill their missions.  The primary objective of the Discussion Document is to provide a concrete framework for further discussion among stakeholders and members of Congress.  In an effort to provide this framework, the Discussion Document includes model statutory language to guide future discussions and to assist in generating consensus on various discrete issues, such as adding museums to the statute; allowing preservation copies to be made of all works in an eligible entity’s collections; replacing the current three-copy limit with a “reasonably necessary” standard when making copies for preservation and research; clarifying the contract supremacy provision to grant libraries, archives, and museums more flexibility to make preservation and security copies of works covered by licensing and purchasing agreements; and eliminating the exclusion of musical, pictorial, graphic, or sculptural works, and motion pictures or other audiovisual works from the provisions permitting copies made upon the request of users, under certain conditions.

The full Discussion Document, along with background material, is available on the Copyright Office’s website at https://www.copyright.gov/policy/section108/.

 




U.S. Copyright Office, NewsNet Issue 680

Thu, 14 Sep 2017 10:56:41 -0500

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NewsNet Issue 680
September 14, 2017

Copyright Office Publishes Archive of Briefs and Legal Opinions

Under the Copyright Act, the Copyright Office is responsible for advising the courts on issues of copyright law. This advice manifests itself in many forms. For instance, based on advice received from the Office, the Department of Justice files briefs in federal court on behalf of the federal government on issues of copyright law. In addition, the Copyright Office issues binding opinions on questions of copyright law to the Copyright Royalty Board. 

These briefs and legal opinions are valuable resources for those seeking to understand the Copyright Office’s view of copyright law. Today, for the first time, the Copyright Office has published at one place on its website an archive of these briefs and legal opinions. The Office plans to periodically update this archive with new documents and any older documents it discovers.

The archive is available here.

 




U.S. Copyright Office, NewsNet Issue 679

Tue, 12 Sep 2017 14:45:19 -0500

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NewsNet Issue 679
September 12, 2017

Copyright Office Adopts Final Rule Streamlining Regulation on Copyright Notice

The U.S. Copyright Office today published a final rule relocating regulations governing the use of copyright notice to a single location.  This rule, intended to simplify and streamline the regulations, makes no substantive changes to the regulations.  The rule combines the regulations at 37 C.F.R. 201.20 to 37 C.F.R. 202.2 into one location in section 202.2.  The final rule is available here and goes into effect on October 12, 2017.




U.S. Copyright Office, NewsNet Issue 678

Mon, 11 Sep 2017 11:35:32 -0500

NewsNet Issue 678September 11, 2017 Copyright Office Welcomes New Class of Ringer Fellows The U.S. Copyright Office is pleased to announce that Sarah Gersten and Emma Kleiner are joining the Office as fellows in the 2017–2019 Barbara A. Ringer Copyright Honors Program. Gersten and Kleiner begin their two-year appointments this month and will receive assignments from multiple departments within the Copyright Office, including the Office of the Register, Office of the General Counsel, Office of Policy and International Affairs, and Office of Registration Policy and Practice. Acting Register of Copyrights Karyn Temple Claggett appointed Gersten and Kleiner following a highly competitive application and interview process. The program—named for Barbara A. Ringer, who served as Register from 1973 to 1980—offers promising early-career copyright lawyers an opportunity to work on a variety of advanced legal and policy issues. “This year’s class of Ringer Fellows continues the Office’s tradition of bringing on board highly talented lawyers who have a long-standing interest in copyright law,” Temple Claggett said. “We know that Sarah and Emma will contribute significantly to the work of the Office over the next two years and will have a very bright future in copyright law thereafter.” Gersten earned her JD from Harvard Law School in 2016, where she was on the board of the Recording Artists Project and a member of the Journal of Law and Technology. During law school, she worked at the Berkman Klein Center for Internet and Society and at Marvel Entertainment. She received her BA summa cum laude in film studies and communications from Tulane University, where she served as general manager of the community radio station and on the Tulane Media Board. Following law school, she worked as an associate at K&L Gates, where she was actively involved with the firm’s Cyber Civil Rights Legal Project. Kleiner earned her JD at Stanford Law School in 2016, where she held leadership positions with the Fashion, Art, and Design Law Society, Stanford Intellectual Property Association, and Women of Stanford Law. During law school, she interned for the Office of General Counsel at the Institute of Museum and Library Services and at the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of California. She also contributed articles to the Center for Art Law blog. Kleiner received her BA summa cum laude in art history and history from the University of Arizona, where she was a Flinn Scholar. Following law school, she clerked for the Honorable Richard Taranto of the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. The Copyright Office launched the Ringer Honors Program in 2013. It offers 18- to 24-month paid fellowships to attorneys who are no more than five years out of law school and have a strong record of achievement and demonstrated interest in copyright law. The application period for 2018–2020 Ringer Fellows closes September 15th, 2017. For more information, please visit https://copyright.gov/about/special-programs/ringer.html.   [...]



U.S. Copyright Office, NewsNet Issue 677

Tue, 05 Sep 2017 15:16:39 -0500

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NewsNet Issue 677
September 5, 2017

Modified U.S. Copyright Office Provisional IT Modernization Plan

The U.S. Copyright Office has prepared a Modified U.S. Copyright Office Provisional IT Modernization Plan at the direction of the House Committee on Appropriations. See 163 Cong. Rec. H4033 (daily ed. May 3, 2017). The Committee directed the Register to modify the Provisional Information Technology Modernization Plan and Cost Analysis (Provisional IT Plan) published by the Office in 2016 to “include potential opportunities for shared efficiencies and cost-savings as well as ways the Library’s CIO Office can support the Copyright Office in its overall modernization efforts.”

The Modified IT Plan maintains the Office’s focus on creating an IT system that is robust and flexible enough to facilitate the work of Copyright Office not only as it exists now, but also as it may be in the future, and documents how this goal may be achieved under a shared services model. The Modified IT Plan further describes the progress that has been made on Copyright Office IT modernization to date and sets forth anticipated milestones and timelines for further work on this important task.

The Committee further charged the Office to “include any new funding strategies based on the comments received from the public regarding changes in fee structures.” See 163 Cong. Rec. H4033 (daily ed. May 3, 2017). The Modified IT Plan accordingly reiterates the Office’s belief in the importance of increased flexibility for the Office in the collection and application of fees, including potential adoption of innovative fee strategies such as subscription fees, differential fees, or additional fees for high-volume access to improved and modernized data.