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U.S. Copyright Office, NewsNet Issue 636

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 11:04:34 -0500

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NewsNet 636
September 29, 2016

U.S. Copyright Office Welcomes Incoming Ringer Honors Fellow

The U.S. Copyright Office is pleased to announce that Emma Raviv has joined the U.S. Copyright Office as a fellow for the 2016-2018 Barbara A. Ringer Copyright Honors Program. She begins her two-year appointment 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.

Register of Copyrights Maria A. Pallante appointed Raviv following a highly competitive application and interview process. The program—named for Barbara A. Ringer, who served as Register from 1973 to 1980—offers developing copyright lawyers an opportunity to work on a variety of advanced legal and policy issues. “Emma is a standout in every way,” Pallante said. “She is passionate about copyright law, has outstanding legal skills, and is a wholly creative thinker.”

Raviv earned her JD from the Harvard Law School in 2014, where she was an Article and Outreach Editor of the Harvard Journal of Law & Technology. She received her BA, magna cum laude, in Economics and Philosophy from the University of Maryland in 2010. Since 2014, she has served as an associate at Kirkland & Ellis, working for fitness, internet, and technology companies. During law school, she was a law clerk for Judge Mark L. Wolf of the Eastern District of Massachusetts and worked at the Berkman Center for Internet and Society, the Australian Law Reform Commission, and Marvel Entertainment.

The Copyright Office launched the Ringer Honors Program in 2013. It offers paid fellowships for 18 to 24 months 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 2017-2019 Ringer Fellows closes October 17th, 2016. For more information, go to http://copyright.gov/about/special-programs/ringer.html.

 

 




U.S. Copyright Office, NewsNet Issue 635

Tue, 27 Sep 2016 11:05:39 -0500

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NewsNet 635
September 27, 2016

Copyright Office Seeks Additional Comments for Section 1201 Study

The U.S. Copyright Office is conducting a study to evaluate the operation of section 1201 of title 17 and has reviewed public input from the first round of written comments and from roundtable participation. To further aid the analysis, the Copyright Office is now soliciting additional written comments on a subset of issues. These include proposals that would update the statute’s permanent exemption framework and amend the anti-trafficking provisions to better enable intended beneficiaries of exemptions to engage in lawful circumvention activities, as identified further in the September 27, 2016, Federal Register notice. You may access the Federal Register notice here. Written comments are to be submitted electronically using the regulations.gov system. Specific instructions for submitting comments are available on the Copyright Office website at http://copyright.gov/policy/1201/commentsubmission/. Comments are due on or before October 27, 2016. Reply comments are due on or before November 16, 2016.

 

 

 

 




U.S. Copyright Office, NewsNet Issue 634

Thu, 15 Sep 2016 08:56:59 -0500

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NewsNet 634
September 15, 2016

Copyright Office Requests Public Comment on Removal of Personally Identifiable Information from Registration Records

The U.S. Copyright Office today published a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (“NPRM”), seeking public comment on proposed new rules related to personally identifiable information (“PII”) that may be found in the Office’s registration records. First, the proposed rule will allow an author, claimant of record, or the authorized agent of the author or claimant of record, to request the removal of certain PII that is requested by the Office and collected on a registration application, such as home addresses or personal phone numbers, from the Office’s internet-accessible public catalog, while retaining it in the Office’s offline records as required by law. Second, the proposed rule will codify an existing practice regarding extraneous PII that applicants erroneously include on registration applications even though the Office has not requested it, such as driver’s license numbers, social security numbers, banking information, and credit card information. Under the proposed rule, the Office would, upon request, remove such extraneous PII both from the Office’s internet-accessible public catalog and its offline records.

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 17, 2016, at 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time.

 

 




U.S. Copyright Office, NewsNet Issue 633

Fri, 09 Sep 2016 13:14:30 -0500

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NewsNet 633
September 9, 2016

Copyright Office Adopts “Mailbox” Rule for Appeals to Refusals to Register

The U.S. Copyright Office is changing the deadline for submitting requests to reconsider refusals to register a copyright claim. Previously, a reconsideration request had to be received by the Office, via mail, no later than three months after the Office issued its decision to refuse registration. This rule has created some uncertainty, as it can be difficult to predict when a request will physically be received by the Office, particularly given security-screening-related delays in the processing of mail. Accordingly, to provide greater certainty to applicants, the amended rule provides that reconsideration requests only need to be postmarked (via the U.S. Postal Service) or dispatched (via commercial carrier, courier, or messenger) no later than three months after a refusal is issued.

The Final Rule is available here.




U.S. Copyright Office, NewsNet Issue 632

Tue, 02 Aug 2016 15:22:08 -0500

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NewsNet 632
August 2, 2016

Copyright Office Announces Open Application Period for Ringer Fellowships

The Barbara A. Ringer Copyright Honors Program offers 18 to 24-month paid fellowships for recent law school graduates and other attorneys in the early stages of their careers. Candidates must have a strong interest in copyright law and a demonstrated record of achievement in law school or in practice.

Ringer Fellows are closely mentored by senior attorneys and work on a range of copyright-related issues, including policy studies and analyses, administrative proceedings, legislative initiatives, litigation matters, and international developments.

Applications for the Ringer Honors Program are being accepted from August 1 through October 17, 2016. For more information, including how to apply, please visit the Barbara A. Ringer Copyright Honors Program page.




U.S. Copyright Office, NewsNet Issue 631

Mon, 18 Jul 2016 15:39:41 -0500

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NewsNet 631
July 18, 2016

Sarang (“Sy”) Damle Named General Counsel

Register of Copyrights Maria A. Pallante has announced that Sarang (“Sy”) Damle will serve as General Counsel and Associate Register of Copyrights at the United States Copyright Office, effective July 31, 2016. Damle has served as Deputy General Counsel since January 2015. He succeeds Jacqueline C. Charlesworth, who has served with distinction in the general counsel role since July 2013.

Charlesworth, who is greatly respected throughout the government and greater intellectual property bar, is relocating to New York, where she resided before joining the Office in May 2012 as Senior Counsel to the Register. During her tenure, she built a highly qualified legal staff, oversaw Supreme Court and other litigation matters on behalf of the Office, and produced the highly regarded reports, Copyright Small Claims (2013), and Copyright and the Music Marketplace (2015).

Damle holds engineering and business degrees from the University of Pennsylvania and a J.D. from the University of Virginia School of Law, where he graduated first in his class. As Deputy General Counsel, he has shared responsibility for managing the department and carrying out the legal portfolio of the Copyright Office. In 2015, the National Law Journal named Damle as one of its “Rising Stars: Washington’s 40 Under 40.”

“Sy is a talented attorney with a long record of public service,” said Register Pallante. “He brings a strong background in both copyright law and technology to the position, and will be an astute leader and trusted advisor on the many complex issues that arise daily under the Copyright Act and related regulations.”

Damle served for nearly seven years as an appellate litigator in the Department of Justice’s Civil Division, where he acted as lead counsel in over 40 appeals focusing on intellectual property, separation of powers, and administrative law matters, and also completed a detail to the White House. Immediately prior to joining the Copyright Office, he served for eight months as senior counsel in the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. Damle began his legal career as a law clerk to the Honorable Sandra L. Lynch of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit. Prior to attending law school, Damle was a software developer.

 

 




U.S. Copyright Office, NewsNet Issue 630

Fri, 10 Jun 2016 07:33:19 -0500

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NewsNet 630
June 10, 2016

Copyright Office Extends Comment Period for Notice of Inquiry Regarding Mandatory Deposit of Online-Only Books and Sound Recordings

The U.S. Copyright Office has published a Federal Register notice extending the deadline for submission of written comments in response to its May 17, 2016, Notice of Inquiry regarding the mandatory deposit of electronic books and sound recordings available only online. Written comments in response to the Notice are now due no later than 11:59 p.m. eastern time on August 18, 2016. Additional information, including instructions on how to submit a comment, is available here.

 

 




U.S. Copyright Office, NewsNet Issue 629

Tue, 07 Jun 2016 10:30:29 -0500

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NewsNet 629
June 7, 2016

Copyright Office Seeks Meetings with Stakeholders on Revisions to Library and Archives Exceptions

The U.S. Copyright Office today published a Notice of Inquiry (“NOI”) inviting interested parties to discuss potential revisions to the library and archives exceptions in the Copyright Act, 17 U.S.C. § 108, in furtherance of the Office’s policy work in this area over the past ten years and as part of the current copyright review process in Congress. The Copyright Office has led and participated in major discussions on potential changes to section 108 since 2005, with the goal of updating the provisions to better reflect the facts, practices, and principles of the digital age and to provide greater clarity for libraries, archives, and museums. To finalize its legislative recommendation, the Copyright Office seeks further input from the public on several remaining issues, including, especially, provisions concerning copies for users, security measures, public access, and third-party outsourcing. The Copyright Office therefore invites interested parties to schedule meetings in Washington, D.C. to take place during late June through July, 2016

The Notice of Inquiry, and instructions on how to request a meeting, are available here. Requests must be received no later than July 7, 2016 at 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time.

 




U.S. Copyright Office, NewsNet Issue 628

Wed, 25 May 2016 13:19:07 -0500

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NewsNet 628
May 25, 2016

Office Seeks Comment on Reduced Fee for Designating Agents under the DMCA

The United States Copyright Office has published a notice of proposed rulemaking and request for comments concerning a significant reduction in the fee for online service providers to designate agents to receive notifications of claimed infringement under section 512 of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (“DMCA”). The Office is proposing the lower fee in anticipation of a new online system through which service providers will be able to more efficiently designate agents with the Office and the public will be able to more easily search for such agents.

At this time, the Office is soliciting comments solely with respect to the proposed $6 fee to designate agents in the new system. Accordingly, comments should be directed only to the appropriateness of the proposed fee. Written comments must be received no later than 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time on June 24, 2016. Additional information and instructions for filing comments are available here.




U.S. Copyright Office, NewsNet Issue 627

Tue, 17 May 2016 10:24:31 -0500

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NewsNet 627
May 17, 2016

Copyright Office Requests Public Comment on Mandatory Deposit of Online-Only Books and Sound Recordings

The U.S. Copyright Office today published a Notice of Inquiry (“NOI”), seeking public comment on potential changes to the mandatory deposit regulations for electronic works not available in a physical format (referred to as “online-only works”). An interim rule adopted in 2010 creates a limited exception to the Register’s longstanding regulatory exemption that online-only works are not subject to mandatory deposit requirements, and also establishes best edition criteria and regulations as to electronic serials. The Library of Congress is now interested in expanding the 2010 interim rule to apply to online-only books and sound recordings. The NOI asks for feedback from affected communities regarding their experience with the interim rule, as well as comments pertaining to the potential application of mandatory deposit to online-only books and sound recordings.

The Notice of Inquiry, and instructions on how to submit a comment, are available here. Written comments must be received no later than July 18, 2016 at 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time.

 




U.S. Copyright Office, NewsNet Issue 626

Mon, 09 May 2016 16:26:17 -0500

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NewsNet 626
May 9, 2016

Copyright Office Agendas Available for Software-Enabled Consumer Products Study Roundtables in Washington, D.C. and San Francisco, CA

Agendas for the Software-Enabled Consumer Products Study public roundtables taking place on May 18, 2016 in Washington, D.C. and on May 24, 2016 in San Francisco, California are now available on the Copyright Office website here and here. The agendas provide the location and times of the roundtable sessions and include the participants in each session.

For further information on the Software-Enabled Consumer Products Study, please see http://copyright.gov/policy/software/.




U.S Copyright Office, NewsNet Issue 625

Fri, 06 May 2016 18:48:48 -0500

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NewsNet 625
May 6, 2016

Copyright Office Posts Agenda for Section 512 Roundtables in San Francisco, Announces Room Change

The U.S. Copyright Office has posted the agenda for the section 512 public roundtable taking place on May 12 and 13, 2016 in San Francisco, California. The agenda provides the location and times of the sessions and lists the participants assigned to each session. The agenda is available on the Office website here.

The Office is also announcing a change in the room location for the San Francisco section 512 roundtable. Originally scheduled to take place in courtroom four, the roundtable will now be held in courtroom five of the James R. Browning Courthouse, 95 Seventh Street, San Francisco, California 94103.   

For further information on the section 512 study, please see http://copyright.gov/policy/section512/.

 




U.S. Copyright Office, NewsNet Issue 624

Wed, 04 May 2016 15:53:39 -0500

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NewsNet 624
May 4, 2016

Copyright Office Posts Agendas for Section 1201 Roundtables, Announces Change to San Francisco Schedule

The U.S. Copyright Office has released the agendas for the public roundtable sessions announced in its March 28, 2016 Federal Register notice in connection with its study on section 1201 of title 17. The agendas provide the locations and times of the sessions and list the participants assigned to each panel. The agendas are available on the Office website here and here.

The Office also is announcing a change in the schedule for the San Francisco roundtable sessions. Those sessions will be held entirely on May 25, 2016. The Washington, D.C. sessions will take place on May 19 and 20, 2016, as originally scheduled.

For further information on the section 1201 study, please see http://copyright.gov/policy/1201/.

 

 




U.S. Copyright Office, NewsNet Issue 623

Fri, 29 Apr 2016 14:45:15 -0500

NewsNet 623 April 29, 2016 One-Year Anniversary of the Fair Use Index One year ago, the U.S. Register of Copyrights, in coordination with the U.S. Intellectual Property Enforcement Coordinator, announced the launch of the U.S. Copyright Office's Fair Use Index (“Index”).  The Index makes the principles and application of fair use more accessible and understandable to the public by providing a basic explanation of fair use as well as presenting a regularly updated searchable database of summaries of major fair use decisions.  So far, over 180 U.S. fair use decisions have been summarized, spanning every appellate jurisdiction and many categories of use, from music to digitization to parody. In the past year, the Fair Use Index has received tens of thousands of page views and has led to thousands of downloads of the Copyright Office’s case summaries. These include more than 1,000 downloads for each of the following summaries: Rosen v. eBay, Inc. (2015) Katz v. Google Inc. (2015) Cambridge Univ. Press v. Patton (2014) Fox News Network, LLC v. TVEyes, Inc. (2015) Fox Broad. Co. v. Dish Network, LLC (2015) Kienitz v. Sconnie Nation, LLC (2014)  The Fair Use Index is not a substitute for legal advice, but is a helpful starting point for those seeking to better understand how courts across the country have applied the fair use doctrine to a variety of fact patterns. The Index is updated periodically. The Fair Use Index may be accessed on the Copyright Office’s website at http://copyright.gov/fair-use/index.html. [...]



U.S. Copyright Office, NewsNet Issue 622

Tue, 26 Apr 2016 15:55:41 -0500

NewsNet 622 April 26, 2016 At the Copyright Office, World Intellectual Property Day Focuses on Digital Creativity and Business Models The United States Copyright Office and the Copyright Alliance celebrated World Intellectual Property Day with a lively Copyright Matters program focused on creative collaborations made possible by digital technology, innovative business models, and fair compensation for authors and artists. Congressman Bob Goodlatte, Chairman of the House of Representatives Committee on the Judiciary, delivered recorded remarks highlighting the Committee’s comprehensive review of the United States copyright law. Noting the “interconnected nature of U.S. copyright law,” the Chairman explained, “it is critical that Congress understand the overall impact of any changes in copyright law before proceeding with formally introduced legislation.” The Chairman also shared that the Committee will, in the weeks ahead, “identify areas where there is a likelihood of potential consensus and circulate outlines of potential reforms in those areas,” and will “convene stakeholders for further work on these potential reforms.” Joseph Gordon-Levitt, actor and founder of HITRECORD, also delivered recorded remarks discussing the importance of intellectual property and supporting fair revenue streams that allow creators to earn compensation. Affirming the importance of intellectual property, Gordon-Levitt declared, “how it is going to work in the future, is going to be a huge part of us succeeding as a human race.” He said that intellectual property, including digital works, “has to be worth money in order for our economy to work.” Devlin Hartline, Assistant Director of the Center for the Protection of Intellectual Property (CPIP) at George Mason University School of Law, moderated the panel discussion, which explored online collaboration, artist-centered technologies, and challenges connecting with audiences. Panelists included Jared Geller, executive producer of the open-collaborative production company HITRECORD; Anna Metcalfe, ceramic artist and founder of the wedding registry Gather; and Chase Jarvis, photographer and founder and chief executive officer of CreativeLive. Keith Kupferschmid, chief executive officer of the Copyright Alliance delivered remarks highlighting the role of the Copyright Alliance in advocating for fair policies that support the interests of creators and innovators. Reflecting on today’s program, Kupferschmid said, “[t]oday’s World IP Day event demonstrated once again the importance of creativity and innovation to our society by highlighting the amazing creative contributions of the event’s panelists.” He recognized that the panelists, “like hundreds of thousands of other creators and innovators across the country, rely on copyright law to protect their freedom to pursue a livelihood and career based on creativity and innovation” and that “copyright law is a critical component to their success in exploring alternative business models and new ways of creating and sharing online.” In closing the program, Register of Copyrights Maria Pallante quoted Ms. Metcalfe’s observation that there is inherent tension for artists between focusing on their own visions and working collaboratively as part of a community. “This observation applies equally well to debates and proposals about copyright law,” the Register said, “All voices are important but progress will most certainly require collaboration and consensus.” World Intellectual Property Day, international[...]



U.S. Copyright Office, NewsNet Issue 621

Mon, 25 Apr 2016 09:41:29 -0500

Newsnet 621 April 25, 2016  Not to Be Missed: U.S. Copyright Office World IP Day Program Tomorrow (April 26) For the fifth year in a row, the U.S. Copyright Office will join with the Copyright Alliance for a Copyright Matters program in recognition of World Intellectual Property Day. This year’s theme, as announced by the World Intellectual Property Organization, is “Digital Creativity: Culture Reimagined.” The program will take place on Tuesday, April 26, from 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. (EDT) in the Mumford Room (6th Floor, James Madison Memorial Building, Library of Congress). The program will feature remarks from Congressman Bob Goodlatte, chairman of the House of Representatives Committee on the Judiciary, and Keith Kupferschmid, chief executive officer of the Copyright Alliance. The program will celebrate creativity as it presents itself in our interconnected digital world. It also will highlight established creators who have mastered their crafts and who have created innovative revenue streams to pay fellow creators fairly. The panelists will share their thoughts about the value of copyright law in our digital world and provide suggestions on “what’s next." Event panelists include:  Jared Geller, executive producer of the open-collaborative production company HITRECORD.  Anna Metcalfe, ceramic artist and founder of the wedding registry Gather, which enables guests to give local art for wedding gifts.  Chase Jarvis, photographer and founder and chief executive officer of CreativeLive, the world's largest live streaming education company focused on photography, video, design, music, and entrepreneurship education.  Internationally celebrated on April 26, World Intellectual Property Day marks the date in 1970 when the World Intellectual Property Organization Convention came into force. The anniversary of this occasion is observed as a way of promoting and increasing general understanding of intellectual property. The program is free and open to the public. For more information about the Copyright Matters series, please visit http://copyright.gov/copyrightmatters/. Request ADA accommodations five business days in advance at (202) 707-6362 or ada@loc.gov.    [...]



U.S. Copyright Office, NewsNet Issue 620

Fri, 22 Apr 2016 16:18:27 -0500

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Newsnet 620
April 22, 2016

Copyright Office Announces Location Changes for Section 512 Roundtables

The locations of the section 512 public roundtables in New York and California, announced in the Office’s March 18, 2016, Notice of Public Roundtables, have been changed to larger venues.

The New York roundtable taking place on May 2 and 3 will now be held in room 506 of the Thurgood Marshall United States Courthouse, 40 Centre Street, New York, New York 10007.  For the New York roundtable, sessions 1-4 will be held on Monday, May 2 and sessions 5-7, as well as an additional closing session to hear from observers, will be held on Tuesday, May 3, 2016.  The roundtables will run from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm on both days.

The California roundtable taking place on May 12 and 13 will now be held in courtroom 4 of the Ninth Circuit’s James R. Browning Courthouse, 95 Seventh Street, San Francisco, California 94103.  For the California roundtable, sessions 1-4 will be held on Thursday, May 12 and sessions 5-7, as well as an additional closing session to hear from observers, will be held on Friday, May 13, 2016.  The roundtables will run from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm on both days.

Please note that the courthouses can be busy.  The Office therefore encourages prospective attendees to allow ample time to pass through security (we are advising that you may want to arrive an hour ahead of time).  Seating for those wishing to observe the roundtables in New York and California will be available on a first-come, first-served basis.  At the New York roundtable, courthouse security does not permit the public to bring in phones or other personal electronic devices.  These devices may, however, be stored with court security upon entering.  Phones and personal electronic devices are permitted in the courtroom during the San Francisco roundtable.    

Federal Register notices announcing the details of these location changes for the New York and California roundtables will be posted on the Office’s Section 512 Study page at http://copyright.gov/policy/section512/.

 

 

 




U.S. Copyright Office, NewsNet Issue 619

Mon, 18 Apr 2016 15:53:45 -0500

Newsnet 619 April 18, 2016 Save the Date: U.S. Copyright Office World IP Day Program on April 26 For the fifth year in a row, the U.S. Copyright Office will join with the Copyright Alliance for a Copyright Matters program in recognition of World Intellectual Property Day. This year’s theme, as announced by the World Intellectual Property Organization, is “Digital Creativity: Culture Reimagined.” The program will take place on Tuesday, April 26, from 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. (EDT) in the Mumford Room (6th Floor, James Madison Memorial Building, Library of Congress). The program will feature remarks from Congressman Bob Goodlatte, chairman of the House of Representatives Committee on the Judiciary, and Keith Kupferschmid, chief executive officer of the Copyright Alliance. The program will celebrate creativity as it presents itself in our interconnected digital world. It also will highlight established creators who have mastered their crafts and who have created innovative revenue streams to pay fellow creators fairly. The panelists will share their thoughts about the value of copyright law in our digital world and provide suggestions on “what’s next." Event panelists include: Jared Geller, executive producer of the open-collaborative production company HITRECORD. Anna Metcalfe, ceramic artist and founder of the wedding registry Gather, which enables guests to give local art for wedding gifts. Chase Jarvis, photographer and founder and chief executive officer of CreativeLive, the world's largest live streaming education company focused on photography, video, design, music, and entrepreneurship education. Internationally celebrated on April 26, World Intellectual Property Day marks the date in 1970 when the World Intellectual Property Organization Convention came into force. The anniversary of this occasion is observed as a way of promoting and increasing general understanding of intellectual property. The program is free and open to the public. Request ADA accommodations five business days in advance at (202) 707-6362 or ada@loc.gov.   [...]



U.S. Copyright Office, NewsNet Issue 618

Wed, 13 Apr 2016 08:50:02 -0500

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NewsNet 618
April 13, 2016

Section 115 NOIs May Now Be Filed With Office In Bulk Electronic Form

The United States Copyright Office is pleased to announce a new procedure to allow licensees to file Notices of Intention to reproduce and distribute musical works under Section 115 (NOIs) with the Office in bulk electronic form. In addition to being more efficient, bulk electronic submission is less expensive for licensees. Details of this new process, including the required forms for making submissions, are available here.




U.S. Copyright Office, NewsNet Issue 617

Fri, 01 Apr 2016 09:37:47 -0500

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Newsnet 617
April 1, 2016

Copyright Office Extends Time to Submit Requests to Participate in 512 Roundtable Discussions

The United States Copyright Office is extending the deadline for the submission of requests to participate in the section 512 roundtables in New York and California, which were announced in its March 18, 2016 Notice of Inquiry.  The roundtables, to take place in New York, New York on May 2 and 3, 2016, and Stanford, California on May 12 and 13, 2016, will offer an opportunity for interested parties to comment on topics relating to the DMCA notice-and-takedown system, as set forth in the Notice of Inquiry issued by the Office on December 31, 2015.  Those seeking to participate in the roundtables should complete and submit the online form available at http://copyright.gov/policy/section512/public-roundtable/participate-request.html.  Requests to participate must now be received by the Copyright Office no later than 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time on April 11, 2016.  The Office expects to post the agenda for the New York and California roundtables, including the participants for each session, on or about April 18, 2016.  For further information about the section 512 study and roundtable, please see http://copyright.gov/policy/section512/.




U.S. Copyright Office, NewsNet Issue 616

Mon, 28 Mar 2016 12:57:07 -0500

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NewsNet 616
March 28, 2016

Copyright Office Announces Public Roundtable Discussions for Software-Enabled Consumer Products Study and Section 1201 Study

The United States Copyright Office is announcing public roundtables to gather input for its studies on software-enabled consumer products and section 1201 of title 17. For each study, the Office will hold roundtables in Washington, DC and San Francisco, CA. To accommodate parties who may wish to attend roundtable sessions in both studies, the roundtables will be held on consecutive days at the same location in each city.

For the study on software-enabled consumer products, roundtables will take place on May 18, 2016, in Washington, and on May 24, 2016, in San Francisco. For the study on section 1201, roundtables will take place on May 19 and 20 in Washington, and on May 25 and 26 in San Francisco. The roundtables in Washington will be held at the Library of Congress’s Madison Building, and those in San Francisco will be held at UC Hastings College of the Law.

Those seeking to participate in a roundtable should complete and submit the online form for the appropriate study. These are available on the Copyright Office website at http://copyright.gov/policy/software/public-roundtable/participate-request.html (software-enabled consumer products) and http://copyright.gov/policy/1201/public-roundtable/participate-request.html (section 1201). Requests to participate must be received no later than 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time on April 18, 2016. For further information on these studies, please see http://copyright.gov/policy/software/ and http://copyright.gov/policy/1201/.




U.S. Copyright Office, NewsNet Issue 615

Fri, 18 Mar 2016 12:41:20 -0500

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NewsNet Issue 615
March 18, 2016

Copyright Office Announces Roundtable Discussions for Section 512 Study

The United States Copyright Office is announcing two two-day public roundtables to gather additional input for its section 512 study. The roundtables, to take place in New York, New York on May 2 and 3, 2016, and Stanford, California on May 12 and 13, 2016, will offer an opportunity for interested parties to comment on topics relating to the DMCA notice-and-takedown system, as set forth in the Notice of Inquiry issued by the Office on December 31, 2015. Those seeking to participate in the roundtables should complete and submit the online form available at http://copyright.gov/policy/section512/public-roundtable/participate-request.html. Requests to participate must be received by the Copyright Office no later than April 4, 2016. For further information about the section 512 study and roundtable, please see http://copyright.gov/policy/section512/.

 




U.S. Copyright Office, NewsNet Issue 613

Mon, 14 Mar 2016 10:45:40 -0500

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NewsNet Issue 613
March 14, 2016

Senate Subcommittee on Legislative Branch Appropriations to Hold Hearing

On March 15, 2016, at 3:00 p.m. eastern time, the Senate Subcommittee on Legislative Branch Appropriations will hold its annual hearing on the fiscal year 2017 appropriations request of the Library of Congress, which includes the U.S. Copyright Office budget request.  Acting Librarian of Congress David S. Mao will testify.  United States Register of Copyrights Maria A. Pallante will be on hand to answer questions regarding the Copyright Office.  The live stream should be available here.  You can access the Register’s written statement here.

Please note that this hearing follows the appropriations hearing to review the FY17 HUD budget request and the start time may therefore shift.




U.S. Copyright Office, NewsNet Issue 613

Fri, 11 Mar 2016 13:19:28 -0600

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NewsNet Issue 613
March 11, 2016

Save the Date: Symposium on Moral Rights on Monday, April 18, 2016

The U.S. Copyright Office and the George Mason University School of Law and its Center for the Protection of Intellectual Property will host a symposium on “Authors, Attribution, and Integrity: Examining Moral Rights in the United States" on Monday, April 18, 2016.

This day-long symposium will bring together authors, scholars, and other stakeholders for a broad discussion of copyright issues related to moral rights. Topics will include the historical development of moral rights, the value that authors place on moral rights generally and individual moral rights specifically, the various ways these rights are provided for under current law, and new considerations for the digital age. Further study of moral rights under U.S. copyright law is among the conclusions and recommendations made by the Register of Copyrights in testimony before Congress last spring, and this symposium will launch the Copyright Office’s further analysis on this subject.

Open to the public, this event will be held in the Madison Building of the Library of Congress, located at 101 Independence Avenue SE, Washington, D.C. The agenda identifying the sessions has been posted. Please visit the event page to stay apprised of updated information about the agenda and speakers.

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U.S. Copyright Office, NewsNet Issue 612

Thu, 03 Mar 2016 10:28:24 -0600

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NewsNet Issue 612
March 3, 2016

Copyright Office Extends Comment Period for Section 512 Study

The United States Copyright Office has published a Federal Register notice extending the deadlines for public comment in connection with the Office’s study on section 512 of Title 17. The study was announced in a Notice of Inquiry issued by the Office on December 31, 2015. Initial written comments in response to the Notice are now due no later than 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time on April 1, 2016. Additional information, including instructions on how to submit a comment, is available here.