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Copyright Office Proposes Rule to Establish a Group Registration for Unpublished Works

The United States Copyright Office is proposing to create a new group registration option for a limited number of unpublished works. The proposed rule would replace the current “unpublished collections” registration option.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.

 

 

 

 




U.S. Copyright Office, NewsNet Issue 676

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 23:30:57 -0500

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NewsNet Issue 676
August 18, 2017

Copyright Office Submits Proposed Fee Schedule and Analysis to Congress

Today, the U.S. Copyright Office submitted to Congress a schedule and analysis of a proposed fee for recording certain types of documents with the Office.  Specifically, the Office proposes to establish a separate, lower fee for documents submitted for recordation that are accompanied by an electronic title list; i.e., a list of certain indexing information about the copyrighted works to which such documents pertain.  These lists save Office staff from needing to find and input this often voluminous information manually.  The Office anticipates that a lower fee will incentivize more remitters to use these electronic lists, which should help the Office to improve its processing efficiency.  The Office also anticipates that a lower fee should result in an increase in documents submitted for recordation.

Pursuant to 17 U.S.C. § 708(b), the Register of Copyrights may institute the new fee 120 days after the proposed schedule is submitted to Congress unless Congress enacts a law within the 120-day period stating that it does not approve the schedule.  The Office seeks to implement the new fee on or about December 18, 2017.

The proposed fee schedule and analysis is available here.

 

 

 




U.S. Copyright Office, NewsNet Issue 675

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 13:14:32 -0500

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NewsNet Issue 675
August 16, 2017

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

The United States Copyright Office is proposing to amend 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 proposed rule will apply to certain literary monographs (as defined in the rule) and musical compositions published in print formats. Additionally, the proposed 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.

These changes will improve the efficiency of registration and mandatory deposit for both the Office and copyright owners alike while continuing to make these works available to the Library of Congress when needed for use in its collections or other disposition.

The notice of proposed rulemaking and instructions on how to submit a comment are available here. Written comments must be received no later than October 2, 2017, at 11:59 p.m. Eastern time.

 

 




U.S. Copyright Office, NewsNet Issue 674

Mon, 03 Jul 2017 12:28:52 -0500

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NewsNet Issue 674
July 3, 2017

Copyright Office Announces Open Application Period for Ringer Fellowships

The United States Copyright Office is now accepting applications for the Barbara A. Ringer Copyright Honors Program. The fellowship, which runs eighteen- to twenty-four months, was created for attorneys in the initial stages of their careers who demonstrate exceptional ability and interest in copyright law. Ringer Fellows work closely with senior attorneys and others in the Office of the General Counsel, the Office of Policy and International Affairs, the Office and the Register, and the Registration Program on a range of copyright-related law and policy matters. Ringer Fellows serve as full-time federal employees for the term of their fellowships and are eligible for salary and benefits as permitted under federal law.

Additional details about the Ringer Fellowship, including the application process, can be found on the Barbara A. Ringer Copyright Honors Program website. Applications will be accepted through September 15, 2017. The fellowship is expected to start in September 2018.

 

 




U.S. Copyright Office, NewsNet Issue 673

Fri, 30 Jun 2017 09:14:07 -0500

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NewsNet Issue 673
June 30, 2017

U.S. Copyright Office Announces Start of Seventh Triennial Rulemaking Proceeding Under Section 1201

The Copyright Office has published a notice of inquiry and request for petitions initiating 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 adopt temporary exemptions to the DMCA’s prohibition against circumvention of technological measures that control access to copyrighted works. The ultimate goal of the proceeding is to determine whether there are particular classes of works as to which users are, or are likely to be in the next three years, adversely affected in their ability to make noninfringing uses due to the prohibition on circumventing access controls. When such classes are identified, the Librarian promulgates regulations exempting the classes from the prohibition for the succeeding three-year period.

For this proceeding, the Office is establishing a new, streamlined procedure for the renewal of exemptions that were granted during the sixth triennial rulemaking. If renewed, those current exemptions would remain in force for an additional three-year period (October 2018–October 2021).

The notice of inquiry requests for interested parties to submit written petitions for renewal of current exemptions by July 31, 2017, written comments in response to any petitions for renewal by September 13, 2017, and written petitions proposing new exemptions by September 13, 2017.

For more information, please visit https://www.copyright.gov/1201/2018/.

 




U.S. Copyright Office, NewsNet Issue 672

Thu, 29 Jun 2017 08:15:38 -0500

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NewsNet Issue 672
June 29, 2017

Copyright Office Publishes Final Rule for Group Registration of Contributions to Periodicals

The United States Copyright Office has adopted a final rule effective July 31, 2017, requiring that applicants seeking copyright registrations for groups of contributions to periodicals must submit applications through the Office’s electronic registration system. This rule modifies the deposit requirement by requiring applicants to submit their contributions in a digital format and to upload those files through the electronic system. It also clarifies the eligibility requirements and alters the administrative classes used for such registrations.




U.S. Copyright Office, NewsNet Issue 671

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 08:45:38 -0500

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NewsNet Issue 671
June 22, 2017

Copyright Office Releases Report on Section 1201

 

The U.S. Copyright Office today released a report entitled "Section 1201 of Title 17." The report details the findings of the Office’s study of section 1201—the first comprehensive public study of that provision since it was enacted nearly twenty years ago. Section 1201 provides legal protection for technological protection measures (TPMs) used by copyright owners to prevent unauthorized access to or use of their works. The report addresses a variety of issues raised by stakeholders over the course of the study, including consumer issues, the need for new or amended statutory exemptions, the triennial rulemaking process governing temporary exemptions, and the prohibitions on trafficking in tools designed to circumvent TPMs.

 

The Office does not recommend altering the basic framework of section 1201, concluding that its overall structure and scope remain sound. The Office does, however, recommend certain legislative updates, including expanding existing provisions that allow circumvention of TPMs for security and encryption research and adding new provisions to allow circumvention for other purposes, such as the use of assistive reading technologies and the repair of devices. The Office also recommends an amendment to give the Librarian of Congress discretion to authorize third parties to assist the beneficiaries of temporary exemptions granted via the statute’s triennial rulemaking proceeding. In addition, the Office has identified changes it can make under the current regulatory framework to streamline the process for renewing exemptions and otherwise improve upon the rulemaking process for greater efficiency and public participation.

 

The full report is available on the Copyright Office’s website at https://www.copyright.gov/policy/1201/.

 

 

 

 





U.S. Copyright Office, NewsNet Issue 670

Mon, 19 Jun 2017 12:53:37 -0500

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NewsNet Issue 670
June 19, 2017

Copyright Office Releases Redlines for Draft Compendium

The U.S. Copyright Office today announces the posting of redlines comparing the current version of Compendium of Copyright Office Practices (Third), which was released December 22, 2014, and the public draft of Compendium (Third), which was released June 1, 2017. The redlines are available on the revision history portion of the Compendium webpage. They are intended to assist members of the public in understanding the amendments and revisions contained in the public draft. The Office previously released a list of all sections that have been added, amended, or removed in this update, and a set of release notes providing a brief summary of the substantive revisions. The Office has extended the deadline to provide comments until July 30, 2017. Comments may be submitted on the Office’s website.

 

 

 

 





U.S. Copyright Office, NewsNet Issue 669

Thu, 15 Jun 2017 15:55:17 -0500

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NewsNet Issue 669
June 15, 2017

Copyright Office Introduces Online Supplementary Registration

The U.S. Copyright Office announces that, as of July 17, it will for the first time begin accepting applications for supplementary copyright registration—used to correct or amplify information set forth in a basic registration—through the Office’s online registration system. Applicants will generally be required to file applications for supplementary registration online. The Office has also made other changes to the practices relating to supplementary registration, described in a final rule published in the Federal Register today. To help ease the transition to online filing, the Office will provide guidance in updates to the Compendium of U.S. Copyright Office Practices, as well as an online tutorial. 

 




U.S. Copyright Office, NewsNet Issue 668

Mon, 12 Jun 2017 12:45:02 -0500

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NewsNet Issue 668
June 12, 2017

Copyright Office Publishes Interim Rule on Secure Tests

 

Secure Tests Interim Rule

 

The United States Copyright Office has adopted an interim rule governing its special procedure for examining secure tests. The interim rule memorializes some of the Office’s existing procedures for examining secure tests, updates the Office’s procedures to increase the efficiency of the examination process, and discontinues the practice of examining databases and computer programs under the special procedure for secure tests. The interim rule will go into effect on July 12, 2017.

 

The 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 669

Mon, 12 Jun 2017 10:13:07 -0500

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NewsNet Issue 669
June 12, 2017

Copyright Office Publishes Interim Rule on Secure Tests

 

Secure Tests Interim Rule

 

The United States Copyright Office has adopted an interim rule governing its special procedure for examining secure tests. The interim rule memorializes some of the Office’s existing procedures for examining secure tests, updates the Office’s procedures to increase the efficiency of the examination process, and discontinues the practice of examining databases and computer programs under the special procedure for secure tests. The interim rule will go into effect thirty days after publication on July 12, 2017.   

 

The 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 667

Fri, 02 Jun 2017 13:51:57 -0500

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NewsNet Issue 667
June 2, 2017

Copyright Office Publishes Recent Review Board Decisions

The Copyright Office today announces the launch of an online database of decisions from April 2016 to present by the U.S. Copyright Office Review Board, which hears final administrative appeals of refusals of copyright registration. The decisions are searchable and include an index; new decisions will be added as they are issued. The decisions will be a valuable resource to those seeking a better understanding of how the Copyright Office assesses whether works satisfy the legal and formal requirements for copyright registration. The index is available here.




U.S. Copyright Office, NewsNet Issue 666

Thu, 01 Jun 2017 14:53:37 -0500

NewsNet Issue 666June 1, 2017 Copyright Office Releases an Updated Draft of the Compendium of U.S. Copyright Office Practices, Third Edition Acting Register of Copyrights Karyn Temple Claggett today released a revised draft of the Compendium of U.S. Copyright Office Practices, Third Edition. This draft includes the first proposed updates to the Compendium since its release in December 2014. The public draft is available on the Office’s website at https://copyright.gov/comp3/draft.html. It will go into effect on July 3, 2017. 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). The proposed updates are the result of a comprehensive review of the Office’s practices and procedures. The draft revisions to the registration chapters clarify how and when the Office communicates with applicants and how it handles duplicate claims, deposit requirements, and claims involving multiple works, among other improvements. The update also provides preliminary guidance for claims involving useful articles based on the Supreme Court’s recent decision in Star Athletica v. Varsity Brands. The draft revisions to the recordation chapter provide additional guidance for recording notices of termination and information on the Office’s new electronic system for the designation of agents. The draft update also addresses recent changes in the Office’s regulations, including the “mailbox rule” for requests for reconsideration, new procedures for removing personally identifiable information, and changes made by the Office’s technical amendments. For a full accounting of draft Compendium revisions, read more. Additionally, the Compendium has been reformatted to improve readability for online and offline users. When the revision is released in final form, it will include improved hyperlinks to provide direct access to legal citations and resources on the Office’s website, as well as improved cross-references between chapters. Public comments on this draft may be submitted from June 1 to June 30 using the provided form. See www.copyright.gov/comp3/draft.html for more information.     [...]



U.S. Copyright Office, NewsNet Issue 665

Fri, 26 May 2017 05:29:23 -0500

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NewsNet Issue 665
May 26, 2017

Denise D. Wofford Named Director of Public Records and Repositories, U.S. Copyright Office

Acting Register of Copyrights Karyn Temple Claggett has appointed Denise D. Wofford to the position of director of Public Records and Repositories (PRR), U.S. Copyright Office. The appointment is effective May 28, 2017.

As director of PRR, Wofford will be responsible for carrying out major provisions of Title 17, including establishing Copyright Office records policy; ensuring the storage and security of copyright deposits, both analog and digital; recording licenses and transfers of copyright ownership; preserving, maintaining, and servicing copyright-related records; researching and providing certified and noncertified reproductions of copyright deposits; and maintaining the official records of the U.S. Copyright Office.

“Denise has a strong background in information technology and she is an experienced and effective manager,” said Temple Claggett. “She will be a tremendous asset in this position as we work toward modernizing our recordation system and operations generally.”

Wofford had served as the deputy director of the Copyright Technology Office since 2010. Before joining the Copyright Office, she worked at the Treasury’s Management Office of the OCIO, the Treasury’s Financial Crimes Enforcement Network Bureau, and at Peace Corps. Prior to starting her career in the federal government, Wofford served as the information technology manager at the Graduate School, USA. Wofford began her career as a software developer. Her experience outside the government covers a variety of industries such as publishing, manufacturing, consulting, and banking.

Wofford holds a MS in computer systems management from the University of Maryland University College and a BS in business administration and information technology from Appalachian State University.

 




U.S. Copyright Office, NewsNet Issue 664

Fri, 19 May 2017 09:50:41 -0500

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NewsNet Issue 664
May 19, 2017

Copyright Office Adopts Final Rule Regarding Electronic Signatures and Submission for Cable Systems Filing Section 111 Statements of Account

The U.S. Copyright Office has adopted a final rule amending 37 CFR § 201.17, which prescribes requirements related to the submission of Statements of Account under the section 111 license for secondary transmissions of broadcast programming by cable systems. The amendments will allow cable systems operating under the statutory license to electronically sign Statements of Account, and to submit these documents to the Office electronically.  More information about the final rule is available here.

To implement these regulatory changes, the Office is releasing fillable electronic versions of its short- and long form Statements of Account.  Filers under the section 111 license now have the choice of continuing to use the paper-based forms or switching to their electronic counterparts.  In either case, these forms may be signed using an electronic or “s-signature” and submitted to the Office via email.  To access these forms, and for more information about filing Statements of Account or the section 111 license more generally, please visit the Licensing Division’s section 111 webpage here.




U.S. Copyright Office, NewsNet Issue 663

Fri, 19 May 2017 08:26:36 -0500

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NewsNet Issue 663
May 19, 2017

Copyright Office Adopts Final Rule to Address Disruption of Copyright Office Electronic Systems

The U.S. Copyright Office has issued a final rule to address the effect of a disruption or suspension of any Office electronic system on the Office’s receipt of applications, fees, deposits, or other materials. The Copyright Office received six comments in response to the Notice of Proposed Rulemaking, all of which were supportive of the proposed regulation changes. The final rule specifies how the Office will assign effective dates of receipt to materials attempted to be submitted during a disruption or suspension of an Office electronic system. In addition, the final rule specifies how the Office will assign effective dates of receipt when a specific submission that is physically delivered or attempted to be physically delivered to the Office is lost or misplaced in the absence of a declaration of disruption, as might occur during the security screening procedures used for mail that is delivered to the Office.