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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:

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

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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.


Wed, 14 Feb 2018 08:42:42 -0600
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February 22, 2018

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The U.S. Copyright Office website is currently unavailable, due to technical problems.


Fri, 09 Feb 2018 16:20:25 -0600
U.S. Copyright Office, NewsNet Issue 709

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NewsNet Issue 709
February 14, 2018

Copyright Office Electronic Registration System and Programs to Be Offline for Maintenance

The Electronic Copyright Office (eCO) System will be offline for maintenance beginning 5:00 p.m. Eastern time this Thursday, February 15. The system will return to service by 9:00 p.m. Eastern time on Monday, February 19.

The Virtual Card Catalog proof of concept and the DMCA Directory registration system will be unavailable during this time as well.

We apologize for any inconvenience. Thank you for your understanding as we make improvements to the digital Copyright Office.


Tue, 06 Feb 2018 11:28:36 -0600
U.S. Copyright Office, NewsNet Issue 708

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NewsNet Issue 708
February 9, 2018

Copyright Office Releases New Applications for Group Registration of Photographs

The U.S. Copyright Office recently issued a final rule on group registration of photographs, which will take effect on February 20, 2018. The rule modifies the Offices procedure for registering published photographs, and it establishes a similar procedure for registering unpublished photographs.

To seek a group registration, beginning February 20, 2018, applicants will be required to use the online applications specifically designated for published and unpublished photographs and will be required to submit a digital copy of each photograph being registered.

The Office released these new applications on February 7, 2018, to give photographers an opportunity to familiarize themselves with the new forms before the rule goes into effect. The Office also prepared help text that provides step-by-step instructions for completing each application. See help text for published and unpublished.

Important Note: Although these new applications have been made available to the public, and can start to be filled out and prepared for submission at this time, they should not actually be used to submit any claims until the final rule goes into effect. If the Office receives any claims on these forms before that date, the effective date of registration will be reset to February 20, 2018.

As mentioned in the final rule, applicants will be required to prepare and submit a list containing the titles and file names for each photograph in a group, along with a copy of each photograph in the group. The Office developed templates that may be used to prepare this list. See templates for published and unpublished. The help text mentioned above provides detailed instructions for using these templates.

More information concerning these upgrades to the electronic registration system is available here. When the final rule goes into effect on February 20, 2018 the Office intends to issue a new circular that will provide more information concerning these group registration options.

In the meantime, photographers may continue to use the Standard Application or a paper application to register a group of published photographs or a collection of unpublished photographs, but the claim must be received by February 19, 2018. If an applicant attempts to use the Standard Application or a paper application on or after February 20, 2018, the Office will refuse registration and instruct the applicant to resubmit the claim using the appropriate form.


Mon, 05 Feb 2018 14:36:08 -0600
U.S. Copyright Office, NewsNet Issue 707

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NewsNet Issue 707
February 6, 2018

U.S. Copyright Office Issues Notice of Proposed Rulemaking Relating to the Single Application

To coincide with technical upgrades to its current electronic registration system, the U.S. Copyright Office is proposing to amend its regulations to clarify the eligibility requirements for the Single Application, an online registration option that allows a single author to register a claim in one work that is solely owned by the same author and is not a work made for hire. Among other things, the proposed rule confirms that the Single Application may be used to register one sound recording and one musical work, literary work, or dramatic work—notwithstanding the fact that a sound recording and the work embodied in that recording are separate works. In addition, the proposed rule will eliminate the “short form” version of the Office’s paper applications. The proposed rule will also allow for paper applications to be certified with an electronic signature by removing the requirement that certification includes a “handwritten” signature of the certifying party.

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 March 8, 2018, at 11:59 p.m. Eastern time.


Mon, 05 Feb 2018 11:29:04 -0600
U.S. Copyright Office, NewsNet Issue 706

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NewsNet Issue 706
February 5, 2018

U.S. Copyright Office Adds Unique Identifiers to the Electronic Registration System

The U.S. Copyright Office has added a new feature to the electronic registration system. With this feature, applicants will be able to add the following standard numbers to their registration applications:

  • International Standard Music Number (ISMN), a unique identifier assigned to published printed music.
  • International Standard Musical Work Code (ISWC), a unique identifier assigned to a musical work.
  • International Standard Audiovisual Number (ISAN), a unique identifier assigned to an audiovisual work.
  • International Standard Text Code (ISTC), a unique identifier assigned to a text-based work.

If the applicant includes this information in the registration application, the standard number will appear on the certificate of registration for the work. More information about this technical upgrade is available here.


Fri, 02 Feb 2018 09:08:03 -0600
U.S. Copyright Office, NewsNet Issue 705

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NewsNet Issue 705
February 5, 2018

Copyright Office Electronic Registration System to Be Offline for Maintenance

The Electronic Copyright Office (eCO) System will be offline for maintenance beginning 5:00 p.m. Eastern time on Thursday, February 15. The system will return to service by 9:00 p.m. Eastern time on Monday, February 19. We apologize for any inconvenience.

Thank you for your understanding as we make improvements to the eCO system.



U.S. Copyright Office, NewsNet Issue 704

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NewsNet Issue 704
February 2, 2018

Copyright Office Invites Requests to Testify in Public Hearings on Possible Section 1201 Exemptions

The Copyright Office announces public hearings on the possible exemptions to the prohibition against circumvention of technological measures that control access to copyrighted works. In accordance with the Digital Millennium Copyright Act, the Office is conducting its triennial rulemaking proceeding to determine whether there are particular “classes of works” as to which users are, or are likely to be, adversely affected in their ability to make noninfringing uses if they are prohibited from circumventing such technological measures. The first public hearings are scheduled to be held in Washington, D.C. on April 10, 11, 12, and 13, 2018, on each day from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Public hearings are also scheduled to be held in Los Angeles on April 23, 24, and 25, 2018, on each day from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. For further information, and to submit a request to testify, visit the Copyright Office’s Participation Request Submission Form. Requests to testify must be received by Wednesday, February 21, 2018 at 11:59 p.m. Eastern time.


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