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.