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NewsNet Issue 762
April 11, 2019
Electronic Copyright Office (eCO) System Users Must Update Their Passwords Every Sixty Days
Beginning April 14, 2019, users of the Electronic Copyright Office (eCO) system will need to reset their passwords every sixty days.
Users who attempt to login with a password that has already expired will be taken directly to a screen to reset it. Users who have a password within a few days of expiring will be prompted to reset the password after logging into eCO.
eCO users will receive notification in advance of the date by which the password must be changed. If no action is taken to change the password, users will receive an email about the password expiration. For more information, contact CSDTech@copyright.gov.
NewsNet Issue 761
April 9, 2019
U.S. Copyright Office Issues Final Rule Regarding the Noncommercial Use Exception to Unauthorized Uses of Pre-1972 Sound Recordings
Pursuant to the Classics Protection and Access Act, title II of the Orrin G. Hatch–Bob Goodlatte Music Modernization Act (“MMA”), the Copyright Office has issued a final rule regarding the noncommercial use exception to unauthorized uses of sound recordings fixed before February 15, 1972 (“Pre-1972 Sound Recordings”), effective May 9, 2019.
In connection with the establishment of federal remedies for unauthorized uses of Pre-1972 Sound Recordings, Congress established an exception for certain noncommercial uses of Pre-1972 Sound Recordings that are not being commercially exploited. To qualify for this exemption, a user must file a notice of noncommercial use after conducting a good faith, reasonable search, and the rights owner of the sound recording must not object to the use within 90 days of the notice being indexed in the Copyright Office’s public record.
After soliciting public comments through a notice of inquiry and a notice of proposed rulemaking, the Office has issued a final rule identifying the specific steps that a user should take to demonstrate she has made a good faith, reasonable search. The proposed rule also details 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.
NewsNet Issue 760
April 5, 2019
Copyright Office Launches Strategic Plan 2019–2023
The U.S. Copyright Office released today its strategic plan that sets priorities of the Office for the next five years. The plan describes how the Office will streamline and improve the efficiency of services while actively participating in discussions, both national and international, on ways to further transform the Office to better meet the needs of a modern digital society.
Six focus areas, Information Technology Modernization, Optimizing Business Processes, Organizational Change Management, Education and Engagement, Impartial Expertise on Copyright Law and Policy, and Measuring Success, set the themes for goals that fulfill the Office’s mission. The themes reflected in the United States Copyright Office 2019–2023 Strategic Plan, also align with the Library of Congress’s strategy framework: Expand Access, Enhance Services, Optimize Resources and Measure Impact. “These are exciting times at the Copyright Office,” said Karyn A. Temple, Register of Copyrights. “The Office looks forward to the challenge and the opportunity of remaking itself for the twenty-first century.”
The Office has committed itself to adopting quantifiable, measurable goals and benchmarks to improve transparency regarding the pace and progress of Office modernization. Throughout this process, the Office will seek continued engagement with stakeholders through a multiplatform communications plan that focuses on reaching people where they are and through the means by which they prefer to communicate. The Strategic Plan is available here.
NewsNet Issue 759
April 1, 2019
Celebrate World IP Day 2019 with the Copyright Office
The U.S. Copyright Office will celebrate World Intellectual Property Day with a special event on Thursday, April 25, 2019, at 2:00 p.m. eastern time 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 “Reach for Gold: IP and Sports.”
The Copyright Office’s program will explore the unique and sometimes surprising relationship between sports and copyright. We will look at different points at which sports and copyright intersect, including how people watch games from home, the various ways athletes work with copyright to develop merchandise and more, and the burgeoning world of esports.
Featured speakers include Derrick Heggans, founder and CEO of Global Sports and Entertainment Business Academy (GSB Academy); Delara Derakshani, counsel, tech policy, Entertainment Software Association; and Robert Garrett, senior counsel, Arnold & Porter.
This event will also be livestreamed.
We will continue our celebration of World IP Day Saturday, April 27, at 10:30 a.m. with a special copyright-focused Story Time at the Young Readers Center at the Library of Congress. Weʼll use song, stories, and activities to introduce copyright concepts and highlight the power of taking ideas and making them into creative works. This event is great for families with children from 5 to 10 years old.
World Intellectual Property Day, observed on April 26th since 2000, marks the date in 1970 when the WIPO Convention came into force. The anniversary of this occasion is observed as a way of promoting and increasing general understanding of intellectual property. This program is part of the Copyright Matters lecture series and is free and open to the public.
Please visit the Copyright Office World IP Day website to register for the events and to stay up-to-date about these programs and speakers. Request ADA accommodations five business days in advance at (202) 707-6362 or email@example.com.
NewsNet Issue 758
March 27, 2019
Karyn A. Temple Is Named Register of Copyrights
Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden announced that she has appointed Karyn A. Temple as Register of Copyrights and director of the U.S. Copyright Office, effective today, March 27, 2019. Temple has been Acting Register of Copyrights since October 21, 2016.
“I am pleased to announce that Karyn Temple will serve as the 13th United States Register of Copyrights,” Hayden said. “Karyn has done a superb job as Acting Register for the last two and half years, leveraging her skills as both a copyright lawyer and accomplished manager to provide excellent leadership for the Copyright Office.” Of the thirteen Registers of Copyright in U.S. history.
“It is an extremely exciting time for copyright law and the U.S. Copyright Office, with historic revisions to the music licensing system to address the digital age, updates to our regulatory practices, and modernization of the Office's technology and business processes all happening now,” said Temple. “I am honored to have the opportunity to continue working with the entire copyright community, Members of Congress, and the general public as we move forward to meet the challenges of the modern age.”
Prior to her appointment as Acting Register, Temple had served since 2013 as Associate Register of Copyrights and director of policy and international affairs for the U.S. Copyright Office. In that role, she oversaw the office’s domestic and international policy analyses, legislative support, and international negotiations.
Before joining the Copyright Office in 2011, Temple served as senior counsel to the deputy attorney general of the United States, where she helped formulate U.S. Department of Justice policy on legal issues and helped manage the Department of Justice’s Task Force on Intellectual Property. She also spent several years in private practice as vice president, litigation and legal affairs for the Recording Industry Association of America and at the law firm Williams & Connolly, LLP.
Temple began her legal career as a trial attorney for the U.S. Department of Justice’s Civil Division through its Honors Program and also served as a law clerk to the Hon. Nathaniel R. Jones of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit. She received her JD from Columbia University School of Law, where she was a Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar and a senior editor of the Columbia Law Review. Temple received her BA from the University of Michigan.