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Tue, 16 Oct 2018 09:26:56 -0500
U.S. Copyright Office, NewsNet Issue 731

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NewsNet Issue 731
October 17, 2018

U.S. Copyright Office Issues a Notice of Inquiry on Registration Modernization

The U.S. Copyright Office has published a notice of inquiry requesting written comments on how to improve the regulations and practices related to the registration of copyright claims in the digital age. The Office’s registration services are vital to creators and users of creative works. Thus, the Office intends to replace the current electronic system (known as “eCO”) with a modern solution that aims to improve user experience, increase Office efficiency, and decrease processing times. To that end, the Office is considering several legal and policy changes to meet the demands of creators and users of creative works of all types. Specifically, the Office seeks input on three areas of reform: (1) the administration and substance of the application for registration, (2) the utility of the public record, and (3) the deposit requirements for registration. As always, the Office is interested in the perspectives and suggestions of copyright owners as well as users of creative works.

The notice of inquiry and instructions on how to submit a comment are available here. Written comments must be received no later than January 15, 2019, at 11:59 p.m. eastern time.


Mon, 15 Oct 2018 10:00:47 -0500
U.S. Copyright Office, NewsNet Issue 730

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NewsNet Issue 730
October 16, 2018

U.S. Copyright Office Issues Interim Rule and Notice of Inquiry Regarding Pre-1972 Sound Recordings

Pursuant to the Classics Protection and Access Act, title II of the recently-enacted Orrin G. Hatch–Bob Goodlatte Music Modernization Act (“MMA”), the Copyright Office has issued an interim rule and notice of inquiry regarding sound recordings fixed before February 15, 1972.

As required by the MMA, the interim rule establishes a mechanism for rights owners to file schedules listing their pre-1972 sound recordings with the Office, for individuals to request timely notification of when such filings are indexed into the Office’s public records, and for the submission of contact information by entities publicly performing pre-1972 sound recordings by means of digital audio transmission as of October 11, 2018.

In the notice of inquiry, the Office seeks public comment regarding the MMA’s noncommercial use exception. The Office is soliciting comments regarding the specific steps that a user should take to demonstrate she has made a good faith, reasonable search to determine if a pre-1972 sound recording is being commercially exploited. The Office also solicits comments regarding the filing requirements for the user to submit a notice of noncommercial use, and for a rights owner to submit a notice objecting to such use.

The instructions on how to submit a comment are available here for the interim rule and here for the notice of inquiry. Written comments must be received no later than November 15, 2018, at 11:59 p.m. Eastern time.


Thu, 11 Oct 2018 11:10:25 -0500
U.S. Copyright Office, NewsNet Issue 729

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NewsNet Issue 729
October 15, 2018

U.S. Copyright Office Adopts Final Rule to Streamline Cable, Satellite, and DART Electronic Royalty Payment Processes and the Administration of DART Royalty Accounts

The U.S. Copyright Office has adopted a final rule to streamline the administration of digital audio recording technology royalty accounts and electronic royalty payment processes. First, the final rule codifies a procedure for closing out DART royalty payments accounts under section 1005 of the Copyright Act, which gives the Register discretion to close out royalty payments accounts for a calendar year four years after the close of that year. In addition, the final rule updates the Office’s regulations governing online payment procedures for cable, satellite, and DART statements of account to no longer require single lump sum payments when multiple statements are submitted. These modifications are intended to improve the efficiency of the Copyright Office’s Licensing Division operations and simplify royalty payment procedures for filers.


Wed, 26 Sep 2018 15:08:45 -0500
U.S. Copyright Office, NewsNet Issue 728

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NewsNet Issue 728
October 11, 2018

The Orrin G. Hatch–Bob Goodlatte Music Modernization Act Signed into Law

Congress recently passed the Orrin G. Hatch–Bob Goodlatte Music Modernization Act, which the president signed into law on October 11, 2018.

This bipartisan and unanimously-enacted legislation represents the realization of years of effort by a wide array of policymakers and stakeholders, and the U.S. Copyright Office itself, to update the music licensing to better facilitate legal licensing of music by digital services. The Copyright Office is heartened by the passage of this landmark legislation expected to benefit the many stakeholders across all aspects of the music marketplace, including songwriters, publishers, artists, record labels, digital services, libraries, and the public at large.

The legislation addresses Congress’s determination that copyright law had not kept pace with changing consumer preferences and technological developments in music. The law has three key components, Title I—Music Licensing Modernization; Title II—Classics Protection and Access; and Title III—Allocation for Music Producers. More information about the law is available on the Office’s Music Modernization Act webpage.

The law is effective as of October 11, 2018 but some aspects become applicable later. The Copyright Office and stakeholders must undertake several implementation steps during this process.

The Copyright Office looks forward to implementing this historic law. The Office’s NewsNets and website will provide updates on rulemakings and other Office implementation activities.


Thu, 20 Sep 2018 11:04:29 -0500
U.S. Copyright Office, NewsNet Issue 727

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NewsNet Issue 727
September 26, 2018

Extra! Extra! The Scoop on Copyright Law and the News

The Copyright Office will host the Copyright Matters event “Extra! Extra! The Scoop on Copyright Law and the News” on Monday, October 15 at 10:30 a.m. in the historic Coolidge Auditorium in the Jefferson Building in Washington, DC.

Five panelists will discuss the relationship between copyright law and journalism. They will explore copyright’s role in promoting a free press, including news business models (both traditional and novel approaches), new avenues for speakers who traditionally didn’t have a public voice, news aggregation, and copyright law exceptions and limitations such as fair use.

The panel discussion will feature Sharon Farmer, former director of the White House Photography Office; Robert Levine, Billboard reporter and author of “Free Ride”; Tom Curley, associate general counsel at Gannett Co., Inc; Jonathan Band, technology law and policy advocate; and Michael Carroll, American University professor of law and director of the Program on Information Justice and Intellectual Property and a co-founder of Creative Commons.

Please visit the event page to stay apprised of updated information about this program and speakers.

Request ADA accommodations five business days in advance at (202) 707-6362 or ada@loc.gov.


Wed, 18 Jul 2018 09:08:43 -0500
U.S. Copyright Office, NewsNet Issue 726

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NewsNet Issue 726
September 20, 2018

The Library of Congress Publishes Results of an Independent Audit of the Fiscal Year 2017 Fiduciary Financial Statements

Earlier this year, the Library of Congress contracted with an independent public accounting firm, Cotton & Company LLP, to conduct an audit of the financial statements prepared for the fiduciary assets administered by the Copyright Office’s Licensing Division.


Wed, 11 Jul 2018 08:35:16 -0500
U.S. Copyright Office, NewsNet Issue 725

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NewsNet Issue 725
July 18, 2018

Copyright Office Releases Upgrades to Virtual Card Catalog Proof of Concept

Today, the U.S. Copyright Office implemented a series of technical upgrades to enhance searching and results tracking capabilities when using the proof of concept of the Virtual Card Catalog (VCC).

In this upgraded version, users now:

  • have the option to perform simple and advanced queries based off the raw datasets captured from the images;
  • may execute queries to narrow the number of results from browsing (in addition to browsing drawers);
  • have more images from which to search (for a more complete search)—this new release contains approximately 99.6 percent of the images from the two indexes;
  • can select multiple drawers from multiple indexes to browse and can click on a card to enlarge an image along with the set of images for easy scrolling; and
  • may also select specific drawers for additional queries, in addition to saving up to twenty-five cards to a folder during a browsing session.

These improvements are designed to enrich the user experience and improve the efficiency of searching Copyright Office records. To access the VCC, click: https://vcc.copyright.gov/

Feedback and survey links are contained within the site. Your feedback is welcomed and appreciated.

* Note: This proof of concept is not a final version of the planned Virtual Card Catalog. The purpose is to validate the VCC’s feasibility and to verify its potential use for the public. The images are presented in a similar filing order as found in the physical card catalog and may contain filing errors and corrupt images.


Thu, 21 Jun 2018 10:15:40 -0500
U.S. Copyright Office, NewsNet Issue 724

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NewsNet Issue 724
July 11, 2018

U.S. Copyright Office Issues Notice of Proposed Rulemaking Seeking Comments on Electronic Royalty Payment Processes and the Administration of DART Royalty Accounts

The United States Copyright Office today published a proposed rule streamlining the administration of digital audio recording technology royalty accounts and electronic royalty payment processes. With this proposed rule, the Office seeks to codify a procedure for closing out DART royalty payments accounts under section 1005 of the Copyright Act and update its regulations governing online payment procedures for cable, satellite, and DART statements of account to no longer require single lump sum payments.

The notice of proposed rulemaking and instructions on how to submit a comment are available here. Written comments must be received no later than Friday, August 10, 2018, at 11:59 p.m. eastern time.


Mon, 18 Jun 2018 09:53:19 -0500
U.S. Copyright Office, NewsNet Issue 723

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NewsNet Issue 723
June 21, 2018

U.S. Copyright Office Extends Deadline for Comments on Proposed Fee Schedule

The United States Copyright Office is extending the deadline for the submission of written comments in response to a notice of proposed rulemaking that recommends the adoption of a new fee schedule with proposed changes to fees for services in the following areas: registration; recordation; record retrieval, search, and certification; the Licensing Division; and other ancillary services. The Office is extending the deadline by an additional sixty days to ensure that members of the public have sufficient time to respond. Written comments must be received no later than September 21, 2018, at 11:59 p.m. eastern time.

The formal extension notice, the notice of proposed rulemaking, and instructions on how to submit a comment are available here.


Mon, 18 Jun 2018 09:14:57 -0500
U.S. Copyright Office, NewsNet Issue 722 [CORRECTION]

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NewsNet Issue 722
June 18, 2018

U.S. Copyright Office Extends Comment Periods for Proposed Rules on Group Registration of Serials and Newsletters

On May 17, 2018, the United States Copyright Office published two notices of proposed rulemaking and requests for comments concerning proposed updates to the regulations governing the group registration of serials and newsletters.

To ensure that members of the public have sufficient time to respond, the Office is extending each deadline by an additional thirty days. Written comments to both notices of proposed rulemaking must be received no later than 11:59 p.m. eastern time on July 18, 2018.

The proposed rules and instructions on how to submit a comment are available here for serials and here for newsletters.


Wed, 06 Jun 2018 09:12:38 -0500
U.S. Copyright Office, NewsNet Issue 722

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NewsNet Issue 722
June 18, 2018

U.S. Copyright Office Extends Comment Periods for Proposed Rules on Group Registration of Serials and Newsletters

On May 17, 2018, the United States Copyright Office published two notices of proposed rulemaking and requests for comments concerning proposed updates to the regulations governing the group registration of serials and newsletters.

To ensure that members of the public have sufficient time to respond, the Office is extending each deadline by an additional thirty days. Written comments to both notices of proposed rulemaking must be received no later than 11:59 p.m. eastern time on July 18, 2018.

The proposed rules and instructions on how to submit a comment are available here for serials and here for newsletters.


Fri, 01 Jun 2018 12:53:45 -0500
U.S. Copyright Office, NewsNet Issue 721

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NewsNet Issue 721
June 6, 2018

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 current remitters and other stakeholders have sufficient time to try and reach consensus on some or all of the issues raised in the notice of proposed rulemaking, the Office is extending the deadline for the submission of initial written comments to 11:59 p.m. Eastern time on October 4, 2018.


Tue, 29 May 2018 11:04:43 -0500
U.S. Copyright Office, NewsNet Issue 720

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NewsNet Issue 720
June 1, 2018

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 Office of Registration Policy and Practice 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 17, 2018.


Fri, 25 May 2018 12:44:46 -0500
U.S. Copyright Office, NewsNet Issue 719

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NewsNet Issue 719
May 29, 2018

Regan A. Smith Named General Counsel

Acting Register of Copyrights Karyn A. Temple today announced that Regan A. Smith will serve as General Counsel and Associate Register of Copyrights at the United States Copyright Office, effective May 27, 2018. Smith has served as deputy general counsel since December 2016. She succeeds Sarang (Sy) Damle, who is leaving the Copyright Office for private practice.

“Regan has taken on steadily increasing leadership roles within the Copyright Office since she began in 2014," stated Temple. "During that time, her keen insight and experience on a wide variety of complex copyright policy and legal issues have proven invaluable. She will be a tremendous asset to the Office in her new role.”

While serving as deputy general counsel, Smith shared responsibility for managing the department and handled an extensive portfolio of litigation, regulatory, and policy matters. She helped promulgate numerous updates to the Office’s regulations and administrative practices and provided frequent advice to the Acting Register, congressional offices, and others regarding music licensing, statutory licenses for cable and satellite operators, and other complex areas of copyright law. Smith also co-led the Office’s recent policy study on section 1201 of the DMCA and chaired the seventh triennial section 1201 rulemaking roundtable hearings earlier this year.

Smith joined the Copyright Office in 2014 as assistant general counsel, and served as associate general counsel from 2015 to 2016. Before that, she spent several years in private practice, where she represented a variety of clients in matters concerning copyright, technology, media, and related intellectual property issues. Smith is also a former fellow and pro bono attorney for a Chicago-based lawyers for the arts organization.

Smith earned her JD from Harvard Law School, where she was an executive editor of the Civil Rights-Civil Liberties Law Review. She has a BA in philosophy and political science from the University of Michigan. Prior to attending law school, Smith was an executive at a venture focused on film, theatrical, and technology projects.


Thu, 24 May 2018 10:30:48 -0500
Library of Congress GDPR Notification

Attention subscriber to bulletin services from the Library of Congress:

As you may be aware, on May 25, 2018, the EU General Data Protection Regulation EU (2016)/679 (GDPR) came into force in all EU member states. The GDPR applies to “personal data,” meaning any information relating to an identifiable person who can be directly or indirectly identified by reference to an identifier. It requires that personal data be processed lawfully, fairly and in a transparent manner, and that personal data be collected for specified and legitimate purposes.

For those who subscribe to the Library’s email and RSS bulletins, the Library of Congress collects email addresses which can include personal data. The Library of Congress relies on its legitimate interests to process this data so that we can keep you up to date with developments for the topics to which you subscribe. The Library does not make any other use of this data.

The Library respects your personal data and takes care to maintain its confidentiality. You have the right to unsubscribe from the Library’s e-mail newsletters and alerts at any time. You can manage your subscriptions by clicking “Subscriber Preferences” in the box at the bottom of this email.

If you have any questions about the Library’s data privacy policy, please email the Library: ogc@loc.gov


Thu, 17 May 2018 12:22:12 -0500
U.S. Copyright Office, NewsNet Issue 718

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NewsNet Issue 718
May 24, 2018

U.S. Copyright Office Issues Notice of Proposed Rulemaking Seeking Comments on Proposed Fee Schedule

The United States Copyright Office is proposing a new fee schedule, with proposed changes to fees for services in the following areas: registration, recordation, record retrieval, search, and certification, the Licensing Division, and other ancillary services. The proposed fee schedule aims to improve the rate of cost-recovery for the Office’s fee-based services.

The notice of proposed rulemaking and instructions on how to submit a comment are available here. Written comments must be received no later than July 23, 2018, at 11:59 p.m. eastern time.


Wed, 16 May 2018 08:54:05 -0500
U.S. Copyright Office, NewsNet Issue 717

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NewsNet Issue 717
May 17, 2018

U.S. Copyright Office Issues Notice of Proposed Rulemaking Relating to Group Registration of Serials and Newsletters

The Copyright Office has published notices of proposed rulemaking to update its regulations governing group registration of serials and newsletters. Among other things, the proposed rules 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 it in physical form. The rule would also specify that registration deposits will not satisfy the copyright owner’s separate obligation to deposit copies of works for the benefit of the Library of Congress. The proposed rule would instead require copyright owners to provide complimentary subscriptions to serials and newsletters that the Library determines are important for its collections.

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 for serials and here for newsletters. Written comments must be received no later than June 18, 2018 at 11:59 p.m. eastern time.


Thu, 10 May 2018 15:56:15 -0500
U.S. Copyright Office, NewsNet Issue 716

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NewsNet Issue 716
May 16, 2018

U.S. Copyright Office Extends Comment Period for Proposed Rule on Mandatory Deposit of Electronic-Only Books

The United States Copyright Office is extending the deadline for the submission of written comments in response to a notice of proposed rulemaking that would revise the Office’s regulations to finalize a 2010 interim rule regarding mandatory deposit of electronic-only works, and would make electronic-only books published in the United States subject to the mandatory deposit requirements if they are affirmatively demanded by the Office. The Office is extending the deadline by an additional forty-five 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 July 16, 2018.

The formal extension notice, the notice of proposed rulemaking, and instructions on how to submit a comment are available here.


Mon, 16 Apr 2018 11:14:02 -0500
U.S. Copyright Office, NewsNet Issue 715

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NewsNet Issue 715
May 10, 2018

U.S. Copyright Office Issues Request for Information on Future Office Enterprise System

The U.S. Copyright Office is engaged in a comprehensive modernization effort and is assessing its technology systems Office-wide.


Fri, 13 Apr 2018 14:13:52 -0500
U.S. Copyright Office, NewsNet Issue 714

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NewsNet Issue 714
April 16, 2018

Copyright Office Proposes Rule Regarding Mandatory Deposit of Electronic-Only Books

The United States Copyright Office today published a proposed rule subjecting electronic-only books to mandatory deposit if a written demand is issued by the Copyright Office. The proposed rule also makes a 2010 interim rule concerning electronic-only works final and amends the rule governing public access to electronic works to encompass electronic serials and electronic books received via mandatory deposit.

The notice of proposed rulemaking and instructions on how to submit a comment are available


Wed, 11 Apr 2018 13:59:42 -0500
U.S. Copyright Office, NewsNet Issue 713

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NewsNet Issue 713
April 13, 2018

Catherine Zaller Rowland Named Associate Register of Copyrights and Director of Public Information and Education

The Acting Register of Copyrights announced April 2, 2018, the appointment of Catherine Zaller Rowland to the position of Associate Register of Copyrights and director of public information and education (PIE).

In her new position, Rowland will oversee PIE as it provides authoritative information about the copyright law to the public and establishes educational programs. PIE publishes the copyright law and other provisions of Title 17; maintains a robust and accurate public website; creates and distributes a variety of circulars, information sheets, and newsletters, including NewsNet; responds to public inquiries regarding provisions of the law, explains registration policies, procedures, and other copyright-related topics upon request; plans and executes a variety of educational activities; and engages in outreach with various copyright community stakeholders.

Rowland joined the Office in 2010 as attorney-advisor for the Office of the General Counsel. From 2012 to 2015, she served as senior counsel for policy and international affairs. In February 2015, Rowland was appointed senior advisor to the United States Register of Copyrights. In that position, she assisted the Register on a full range of policy, legal, and governance issues relating to the United States Copyright Office and its agency responsibilities. Her duties have included a wide range of statutory and regulatory functions, including assisting with policy studies and rulemakings, representing the United States as a member of intergovernmental delegations at trade negotiations, and co-chairing public hearings.

Before joining the Office, she spent several years in private law practice in Washington, DC, where she represented a variety of companies in intellectual property matters. Rowland began her legal career as a law clerk for the Hon. N. Carlton Tilley Jr. of the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of North Carolina.

Rowland earned her JD from William and Mary Law School, where she was elected to the Order of the Coif. She earned her BA in political science from American University.

“Ms. Rowland's intellectual property expertise


Fri, 30 Mar 2018 11:41:29 -0500
U.S. Copyright Office, NewsNet Issue 712

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NewsNet Issue 712
April 10, 2018

World Intellectual Property Day 2018, Powering Change: Women in Innovation and Creativity

The U.S. Copyright Office will celebrate World Intellectual Property Day with a special event on Thursday, April 26, 2018, at 10:30 a.m. in the historic Coolidge Auditorium in the Jefferson Building in Washington, DC. This year’s theme, as announced by the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), is “Powering change: Women in innovation and creativity.”


Thu, 08 Mar 2018 09:30:58 -0600
U.S. Copyright Office, NewsNet Issue 711

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NewsNet Issue 711
March 30, 2018

U.S. Copyright Office Announces New Division: The Copyright Modernization Office

The latest step in the U.S. Copyright Office’s overall IT modernization strategy to improve services and to develop more robust systems was standing up the Copyright Modernization Office (CMO).

The CMO officially opened on January 22, 2018. The Copyright Office recognizes that modernization is essential to translating its infrastructure into “a lean, nimble, results-driven” organization with the tools necessary to serve the copyright community, government entities, and the general public. CMO currently is collaborating with other Office divisions on various projects, including the Virtual Card Catalog proof of concept.

Over the coming months, look for streamlined processes and improved services throughout the Copyright Office. Read here for more information about the CMO.


Thu, 22 Feb 2018 12:15:58 -0600
U.S. Copyright Office, NewsNet Issue 710

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NewsNet Issue 710
March 8, 2018

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 June 14, 2018.



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