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February 22, 2018
The U.S. Copyright Office website is currently unavailable, due to technical problems. We are working to resolve the problem and apologize for the inconvenience.
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.
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the Office’s procedure for registering published photographs, and it establishes a similar procedure for registering unpublished photographs.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February 20, 2018, applicants will be required to use the online applications specifically designated for published and unpublished photographs and will be required to submit a digital copy of each photograph being registered.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 See help text for published and unpublished.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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
NewsNet Issue 703
January 30, 2018
U.S. Copyright Office Publishes Final Rule Relating to Group Registration of Newspapers
The Copyright Office has adopted a final rule, effective March 1, 2018, to update its regulations governing group registration of newspapers. Among other things, the final rule requires 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 rule 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 final rule.