US Copyright Office
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. Written reply comments must be received no later than 11:59 p.m. Eastern time on October 25, 2018.
The proposed regulations and instructions on how to submit a comment are available here.
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.
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.
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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.
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