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Wed, 17 Jan 2018 09:17:37 -0600
U.S. Copyright Office, NewsNet Issue 701

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NewsNet Issue 701
January 18, 2018

Copyright Office Introduces Online Group Registration of Photographs

As part of its continued efforts to modernize its services, the U.S. Copyright Office announces that, as of


Tue, 16 Jan 2018 15:22:10 -0600
U.S. Copyright Office, NewsNet Issue 700

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NewsNet Issue 700
January 17, 2018

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

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

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


Wed, 27 Dec 2017 08:33:15 -0600
U.S. Copyright Office, NewsNet Issue 699

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NewsNet Issue 699
January 16, 2018

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

The United States Copyright Office is extending the deadline for the submission of written comments in response to two interim rules governing the registration of secure tests.


Thu, 21 Dec 2017 11:40:26 -0600
U.S. Copyright Office, NewsNet Issue 698

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NewsNet Issue 698
December 27, 2017

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

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


Mon, 18 Dec 2017 16:15:06 -0600
U.S. Copyright Office, NewsNet Issue 697

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NewsNet Issue 697
December 21, 2017

Copyright Online Registration System Problem

Filers who use the Safari (Apple) browser to submit applications via the United States Copyright Office


Mon, 18 Dec 2017 11:37:07 -0600
U.S. Copyright Office, NewsNet Issue 696

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NewsNet Issue 696
December 18th, 2017

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

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

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


Wed, 13 Dec 2017 12:40:42 -0600
U.S. Copyright Office, NewsNet Issue 695

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NewsNet Issue 695
December 18, 2017

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

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


Mon, 11 Dec 2017 09:19:13 -0600
U.S. Copyright Office, NewsNet Issue 694

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NewsNet Issue 694
December 13th, 2017

Final Reminder to Re-Register DMCA Agents in Electronic System

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

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

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

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


Fri, 01 Dec 2017 08:45:11 -0600
U.S. Copyright Office, NewsNet Issue 693

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NewsNet Issue 693
December 11th, 2017

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

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


Mon, 13 Nov 2017 10:38:17 -0600
U.S. Copyright Office, NewsNet Issue 692

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NewsNet Issue 692
December 1st, 2017

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

The Copyright Office has published a notice of proposed rulemaking to update its regulations governing the royalty reporting practices of cable operators under section 111 of the Copyright Act, and to update related statement of account filing requirements.


Mon, 13 Nov 2017 10:05:53 -0600
U.S. Copyright Office, NewsNet Issue 691

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NewsNet Issue 691
November 13, 2017

Secure Tests Interim Rule

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

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


Mon, 13 Nov 2017 10:04:23 -0600
U.S. Copyright Office, NewsNet Issue 690

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NewsNet Issue 690
November 13th, 2017

Copyright Office Publishes Interim Rule on Document Recordation

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

More information is available here.


Mon, 06 Nov 2017 08:34:29 -0600
U.S. Copyright Office, NewsNet Issue 689

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NewsNet Issue 689
November 13th, 2017

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

Today, the U.S. Copyright Office published a final rule establishing a separate, lower filing fee for recording documents with the Office when they are submitted with an electronic title list, i.e., a list of certain indexing information about the works to which such documents pertain. The reduced fee should incentivize use of these lists, leading to increased administrative efficiency and providing a less expensive avenue to obtaining the benefits of recording a document with the Copyright Office. As required by 17 U.S.C.


Thu, 26 Oct 2017 09:23:23 -0500
U.S. Copyright Office, NewsNet Issue 688

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NewsNet Issue 688
November 6th, 2017

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

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

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

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


Thu, 12 Oct 2017 14:17:24 -0500
U.S. Copyright Office, NewsNet Issue 687

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NewsNet Issue 687
October 26, 2017

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

The Copyright Office has published a notice of proposed rulemaking in the seventh triennial rulemaking proceeding under the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA), 17 U.S.C.


Wed, 04 Oct 2017 13:45:54 -0500
U.S. Copyright Office, NewsNet Issue 686

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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


Fri, 29 Sep 2017 13:37:00 -0500
U.S. Copyright Office, NewsNet Issue 685

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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/.


Wed, 27 Sep 2017 11:34:05 -0500
U.S. Copyright Office, NewsNet Issue 684

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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


Thu, 21 Sep 2017 14:06:56 -0500
U.S. Copyright Office, NewsNet Issue 683

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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.


Fri, 15 Sep 2017 09:59:56 -0500
U.S. Copyright Office, NewsNet Issue 682

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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.


Thu, 14 Sep 2017 10:56:41 -0500
U.S. Copyright Office, NewsNet Issue 681

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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.


Tue, 12 Sep 2017 14:45:19 -0500
U.S. Copyright Office, NewsNet Issue 680

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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.


Mon, 11 Sep 2017 11:35:32 -0500
U.S. Copyright Office, NewsNet Issue 679

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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.


Tue, 05 Sep 2017 15:16:39 -0500
U.S. Copyright Office, NewsNet Issue 678

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NewsNet Issue 678
September 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



U.S. Copyright Office, NewsNet Issue 677

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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.


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