Copyright Office – Federal Register Recent Federal Regulation Documents

Supplementary Registration
Document Number: 2017-12453
Type: Rule
Date: 2017-06-15
Agency: Library of Congress, Agencies and Commissions, Copyright Office
The United States Copyright Office is modernizing its registration practices to increase the efficiency of the registration process for both the Office and copyright owners. To further these efforts, this final rule adopts modifications to the Office's procedures for supplementary registration. Specifically, the Office adopts a new rule that, in most cases, requires applicants to submit an online application in order to correct or amplify the information set forth in a basic registration. In addition, the Office is amending the regulation to codify and update certain practices that are set forth in the Compendium of U.S. Copyright Office Practices, Third Edition and to improve the readability of the regulation.
Secure Tests
Document Number: 2017-12021
Type: Rule
Date: 2017-06-12
Agency: Library of Congress, Agencies and Commissions, Copyright Office
The U.S. Copyright Office is issuing an interim rule that memorializes its special procedure for examining secure tests. The interim rule also includes a new workflow that will increase the efficiency of these examinations. Going forward, applicants must submit an online application, upload a redacted copy of the entire test to the electronic registration system, and complete and submit a brief questionnaire about the test. If the work appears to be eligible for the secure test process, the Office will contact the applicant and schedule an appointment to deliver the test to the Office in person. On the appointed date, the applicant must bring a copy of the application and a complete unredacted copy of the actual test. In addition, the applicant must bring a copy of the redacted version of the test, and a signed declaration confirming that this copy is identical to the redacted copy that was uploaded to the electronic registration system. If the Office confirms that the work qualifies as a secure test, it will examine the test as a whole to determine if it contains sufficient copyrightable authorship. If the Office registers the secure test, the registration will be effective as of the date that the Office received the application, filing fee, and the redacted copy of the entire test in proper form through the electronic registration system. The Office welcomes public comment on the interim rule.
Authentication of Electronic Signatures on Electronically Filed Statements of Account
Document Number: 2017-10219
Type: Rule
Date: 2017-05-19
Agency: Library of Congress, Agencies and Commissions, Copyright Office
The United States Copyright Office is amending its regulation prescribing requirements related to the submission of Statements of Account under the section 111 license for secondary transmissions of broadcast programming by cable systems. The amendments will allow cable systems operating under the statutory license to electronically sign Statements of Account, and to submit them to the Office electronically.
Disruption of Copyright Office Electronic Systems
Document Number: 2017-10218
Type: Rule
Date: 2017-05-19
Agency: Library of Congress, Agencies and Commissions, Copyright Office
The U.S. Copyright Office is amending its regulations governing delays in the receipt of material caused by the disruption of postal or other transportation or communication services. The amendments, for the first time, specifically address the effect of a disruption or suspension of any Copyright Office electronic system on the Office's receipt of applications, fees, deposits, or other materials, and the assignment of a constructive date of receipt to such materials. The amendments also make various revisions to the existing portions of the rule for usability and readability. In addition, the amendments specify how the Office will assign effective dates of receipt when, in the absence of a declaration of a general disruption, the Office does not receive, loses, or misplaces materials that were physically delivered or attempted to be physically delivered to the Office.
Modernizing Copyright Recordation
Document Number: 2017-09810
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2017-05-18
Agency: Library of Congress, Agencies and Commissions, Copyright Office
The United States Copyright Office is proposing to amend its regulations governing recordation of transfers of copyright ownership, notices of termination, and other documents pertaining to a copyright. These amendments are being proposed in conjunction with the anticipated commencement of development effort for a modernized electronic recordation system.
Study on the Moral Rights of Attribution and Integrity: Extension of Comment Period
Document Number: 2017-04061
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-03-02
Agency: Library of Congress, Agencies and Commissions, Copyright Office
The United States Copyright Office is extending the deadline for the submission of written comments in response to its January 23, 2017 Notice of Inquiry regarding the study on the moral rights of attribution and integrity.
Freedom of Information Act Regulations
Document Number: 2017-01770
Type: Rule
Date: 2017-02-07
Agency: Library of Congress, Agencies and Commissions, Copyright Office
The U.S. Copyright Office is issuing an interim rule that amends its regulations governing its practices and procedures under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), to implement the FOIA Improvement Act of 2016. The regulations are issued on an interim basis without opportunity to comment to ensure that updated regulations are in place as soon as practicable to implement the Act. These amendments are intended to incorporate changes in the law, and provide clear guidance to members of the public in filing a FOIA request with the Office.
Copyright Office Technical Amendments
Document Number: 2016-29625
Type: Rule
Date: 2017-02-06
Agency: Library of Congress, Agencies and Commissions, Copyright Office
The U.S. Copyright Office is amending its regulations governing registration, recordation, licensing, and other services that the Office provides. The amendments will improve the quality of the Office's regulations by updating cross-references to the Copyright Act and the Office's regulations, replacing outdated terminology, reflecting structural changes to the Office and its senior management, eliminating expired or obsolete provisions, and correcting nonsubstantive errors.
Notice of Intent To Audit
Document Number: 2017-02294
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-02-03
Agency: Library of Congress, Agencies and Commissions, Copyright Office
The U.S. Copyright Office is announcing receipt of eight notices of intent to audit certain statements of account filed by cable operators and satellite carriers pursuant to the section 111 and 119 statutory licenses.
Removal of Personally Identifiable Information From Registration Records
Document Number: 2017-02238
Type: Rule
Date: 2017-02-02
Agency: Library of Congress, Agencies and Commissions, Copyright Office
The U.S. Copyright Office is issuing a final rule to allow authors and claimants to replace or remove personally identifiable information (``PII'') from the Office's online registration catalog. This rule allows authors and claimants, or their authorized representatives, to request the replacement or removal of certain PII that is requested by the Office and collected on a registration application, such as a home addresses or personal phone numbers, from the Office's internet-accessible public catalog, while retaining that information in the Office's offline records as required by law. The rule also codifies an existing practice that removes extraneous PII, such as driver's license numbers, social security numbers, banking information, and credit card information, on the Office's own volition or upon request by authors, claimants, or their authorized representatives.
Group Registration of Contributions to Periodicals
Document Number: 2016-30077
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2016-12-15
Agency: Library of Congress, Agencies and Commissions, Copyright Office
The United States Copyright Office is extending the deadline for the submission of written comments in response to its December 1, 2016 Notice of Proposed Rulemaking regarding group registration of contributions to periodicals.
Supplementary Registration
Document Number: 2016-30076
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2016-12-15
Agency: Library of Congress, Agencies and Commissions, Copyright Office
The United States Copyright Office is extending the deadline for the submission of written comments in response to its December 1, 2016 Notice of Proposed Rulemaking regarding supplementary registration.
Group Registration of Photographs
Document Number: 2016-30071
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2016-12-15
Agency: Library of Congress, Agencies and Commissions, Copyright Office
The United States Copyright Office is extending the deadline for the submission of written comments in response to its December 1, 2016 Notice of Proposed Rulemaking regarding group registration of photographs.
Group Registration of Photographs
Document Number: 2016-28706
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2016-12-01
Agency: Library of Congress, Agencies and Commissions, Copyright Office
The U.S. Copyright Office is proposing to update its regulations governing group registration options for photographers to encourage broader participation in the registration system, increase the efficiency of the registration process, and create a more robust record of the claim. First, the Office has created new online registration applications specifically designed for group registrations of published photographs and group registrations of unpublished photographs. The proposed rule would require applicants to use these online applications, in lieu of any existing paper application. Applicants will be allowed to include up to 750 photographs with each application. Second, the proposal would eliminate less-efficient forms of registering photographs that have been adopted over the years namely, the pilot program permitting group registration of published photographs using the electronic application designed for registering a single work, and the option of registering a number of unpublished photographs as an ``unpublished collection.'' The pilot program for photographic databases will remain in effect. Third, the proposed rule will update the deposit requirement for group registrations of photographs and photographic databases by requiring applicants to submit their works in digital form.
Supplementary Registration
Document Number: 2016-28701
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2016-12-01
Agency: Library of Congress, Agencies and Commissions, Copyright Office
The U.S. Copyright Office is proposing to amend the regulation governing supplementary registration to reflect certain technical upgrades that will soon be made to the electronic registration system. In most cases applicants will be required to submit an online application in order to correct or amplify the information set forth in a basic registration. This will increase the efficiency of the supplementary registration process for both applicants and the Office alike. In addition, the Office is amending the regulation to codify and update certain practices that are set forth in the Compendium of U.S. Copyright Office Practices, Third Edition and to improve the readability of the regulation.
Group Registration of Contributions to Periodicals
Document Number: 2016-28700
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2016-12-01
Agency: Library of Congress, Agencies and Commissions, Copyright Office
The U.S. Copyright Office is proposing to amend the regulation governing the group registration option for contributions to periodicals to reflect certain upgrades that will soon be made to the electronic registration system. The proposed rule will require groups of contributions to be filed through the Office's electronic registration system. In addition, it will modify the deposit requirement for this option by requiring applicants to submit their contributions in a digital format and to upload those files through the electronic system. The proposed rule will increase the efficiency of the registration process for both the Office and copyright owners alike.
Section 512 Study: Request for Additional Comments
Document Number: 2016-26904
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-11-08
Agency: Library of Congress, Agencies and Commissions, Copyright Office
The U.S. Copyright Office seeks further comments on the impact and effectiveness of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (``DMCA'') safe harbor provisions. This request provides an opportunity for interested parties to reply or expand upon issues raised in written comments submitted on or before April 1, 2016, and during the public roundtables held May 2-3, 2016 in New York, and May 12-13, 2016 in San Francisco. The Copyright Office also invites parties to submit empirical research studies assessing issues related to the operation of the safe harbor provisions on a quantitative or qualitative basis.
Section 108: Draft Revision of the Library and Archives Exceptions in U.S. Copyright Law
Document Number: 2016-13426
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-06-07
Agency: Library of Congress, Agencies and Commissions, Copyright Office
The United States Copyright Office is inviting interested parties to discuss potential revisions relating to the library and archives exceptions in the Copyright Act, 17 U.S.C. 108, in furtherance of the Copyright Office's policy work in this area over the past ten years and as part of the current copyright review process in Congress. The Copyright Office has led and participated in major discussions on potential changes to section 108 since 2005, with the goal of updating the provisions to better reflect the facts, practices, and principles of the digital age and to provide greater clarity for libraries, archives, and museums. To finalize its legislative recommendation, the Copyright Office seeks further input from the public on several remaining issues, including, especially, provisions concerning copies for users, security measures, public access, and third-party outsourcing. The Copyright Office therefore invites interested parties to schedule meetings in Washington, DC to take place during late June through July 2016, using the meeting request form referenced below.
Designation of Agent To Receive Notification of Claimed Infringement
Document Number: 2016-12227
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2016-05-25
Agency: Library of Congress, Agencies and Commissions, Copyright Office
Under the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (``DMCA''), the U.S. Copyright Office is required to maintain a current directory of agents that have been designated by online service providers to receive notifications of claimed infringement. Since the DMCA's enactment in 1998, online service providers have used a paper form to designate agents with the Copyright Office, and the Office has made scanned copies of those paper forms available to the public by posting them on the Office's Web site. In 2011, the Copyright Office issued a notice proposing updated regulations governing the designation of agents under the DMCA in anticipation of the creation of a new online system though which service providers could more efficiently designate agents with the Copyright Office and the public could more easily search for such agents. With the development of this electronic system approaching completion, this notice proposes an amendment of the Office's regulations to lower the fee for designating an agent under the DMCA.
Section 512 Study: Extension of Time To Submit Requests To Participate in Roundtable
Document Number: 2016-07550
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-04-04
Agency: Library of Congress, Agencies and Commissions, Copyright Office
The United States Copyright Office is extending the deadline for the submission of requests to participate in the section 512 roundtables in New York and California, which were announced in its March 18, 2016 Notice of Inquiry. See 81 FR 14896.
Software-Enabled Consumer Products Study and Section 1201 Study: Announcement of Public Roundtables
Document Number: 2016-06925
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-03-28
Agency: Library of Congress, Agencies and Commissions, Copyright Office
The United States Copyright Office has issued Notices of Inquiry (``NOIs'') announcing separate public studies on software- enabled consumer products and section 1201 of title 17. In addition to soliciting written comments on these issues, the Office is now announcing public roundtables for these studies to provide forums for interested members of the public to address the issues set forth in the NOIs. DATES AND ADDRESSES: Public roundtables for the above-referenced Copyright Office studies will be held on the dates and at the locations provided below. The roundtables for the two studies are being held on consecutive dates in each location to accommodate parties who may have an interest in attending both. Software-Enabled Consumer Products Study: For its study on software-enabled consumer products, the Office will hold public roundtables in Washington, DC and San Francisco, CA. The roundtable in Washington will take place on May 18, 2016, at the Library of Congress's Madison Building, 101 Independence Avenue SE., Washington, DC 20540, from 9:00 a.m. to approximately 5:00 p.m. The roundtable in San Francisco will take place on May 24, 2016, at Hastings School of Law, 200 McAllister Street, San Francisco, CA 94102, from 9:00 a.m. to approximately 5:00 p.m. Section 1201 Study: Likewise, for its study on section 1201, the Office will hold public roundtables in Washington, DC and San Francisco, CA. The roundtable in Washington will take place on May 19 and May 20, 2016, at the Library of Congress's Madison Building, 101 Independence Avenue SE., Washington, DC 20540, from 9:00 a.m. to approximately 5:00 p.m. on the first day, and from 9:00 a.m. to approximately 1:00 p.m. on the second day. The roundtable in San Francisco will take place on May 25 and May 26, 2016, at Hastings School of Law, 200 McAllister Street, San Francisco, CA 94102, from 9:00 a.m. to approximately 5:00 p.m. on the first day, and from 9:00 a.m. to approximately 1:00 p.m. on the second day. Additional information, including instructions for submitting requests to participate in the roundtables, is available on the Copyright Office Web site at http://copyright.gov/policy/software/ (software-enabled consumer products) and http://copyright.gov/policy/ 1201/ (section 1201). Requests to participate in the roundtables must be received by the Copyright Office by April 18, 2016. If you are unable to access a computer or the internet, please contact the Office using the contact information below for special instructions.
Section 512 Study: Extension of Comment Period
Document Number: 2016-04641
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-03-03
Agency: Library of Congress, Agencies and Commissions, Copyright Office
The United States Copyright Office is extending the deadline for the submission of written comments in response to its December 31, 2015 Notice of Inquiry regarding the operation of section 512 of Title 17.
Information Technology Upgrades for a Twenty-First Century Copyright Office
Document Number: 2016-04423
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-03-01
Agency: Library of Congress, Agencies and Commissions, Copyright Office
The U.S. Copyright Office has prepared a Provisional Information Technology Modernization Plan (``IT Plan'') at the direction of Congress that details necessary IT upgrades to transform the Office to better meet the needs of the current and future copyright system. As further directed by Congress, the Register is seeking public comments to help inform the Office on the funding strategy and implementation timeline for the IT Plan.
Section 1201 Study: Extension of Comment Period
Document Number: 2016-03515
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-02-19
Agency: Library of Congress, Agencies and Commissions, Copyright Office
The United States Copyright Office is extending the deadlines for the submission of written comments in response to its December 29, 2015 Notice of Inquiry regarding the operation of section 1201 of Title 17.
Copyright Royalty Judges' Ability To Set Rates and Terms That Distinguish Among Different Types or Categories of Licensors
Document Number: 2015-30910
Type: Notice
Date: 2015-12-09
Agency: Library of Congress, Agencies and Commissions, Copyright Office
The Copyright Royalty Judges (``CRJs'') referred a question of substantive law to the Register of Copyrights for resolution. The question asked whether section 114 of the Copyright Act or any other applicable provision of the Act prohibits the CRJs from setting rates and terms that distinguish among different types or categories of licensors. In a written opinion that was transmitted to the CRJs, the Register determined that the question was not properly presented in the proceeding and therefore the Register did not opine on its merits. That opinion is reproduced below.
Preregistration and Registration of Claims to Copyright
Document Number: granule305
Type: Unknown
Date: 2015-04-10
Agency: Library of Congress, Agencies and Commissions, Copyright Office
Verification of Statements of Account Submitted by Cable Operators and Satellite Carriers
Document Number: 2014-27277
Type: Rule
Date: 2014-11-18
Agency: Library of Congress, Agencies and Commissions, Copyright Office
The U.S. Copyright Office is adopting a final rule that establishes a new regulation allowing copyright owners to audit the statements of account that cable operators and satellite carriers file with the Office reflecting royalty payments due for secondary transmissions of copyrighted broadcast programming made pursuant to statutory licenses.
Copyright Office Fees: Registration, Recordation, and Related Services; Special Services; Licensing Division Services; FOIA Services; Correction
Document Number: 2014-09822
Type: Rule
Date: 2014-04-30
Agency: Library of Congress, Agencies and Commissions, Copyright Office
On March 24, 2014, the United States Copyright Office published a final rule concerning fees for Office services. The fee for a particular service did not change, but was inadvertently omitted from the schedule of fees in the final rule. The office hereby corrects that omission.
Music Licensing Study: Notice and Request for Public Comment
Document Number: 2014-05711
Type: Notice
Date: 2014-03-17
Agency: Library of Congress, Agencies and Commissions, Copyright Office
The United States Copyright Office announces the initiation of a study to evaluate the effectiveness of existing methods of licensing music. To aid this effort, the Office is seeking public input on this topic. The Office will use the information it gathers to report to Congress. Congress is currently conducting a review of the U.S. Copyright Act, 17 U.S.C. 101 et seq., to evaluate potential revisions of the law in light of technological and other developments that impact the creation, dissemination, and use of copyrighted works.
Strategic Plan for Recordation of Documents
Document Number: 2014-00638
Type: Notice
Date: 2014-01-15
Agency: Library of Congress, Agencies and Commissions, Copyright Office
The United States Copyright Office is requesting public comment on proposed key elements relevant to reengineering the function of recording documents pertaining to copyright pursuant to 17 U.S.C. 205. In a separate notice that will be published soon, the Office will also announce a series of public hearings on these elements, scheduled shortly after the end of the comment period on this Notice of Inquiry. The elements have been developed with the aid of previous comments obtained during the Office's two-year Special Projects process, particularly the Special Project on Technical Upgrades to Registration and Recordation Functions. (That Project's Notice of Inquiry and the comments received in response are available at http:// www.copyright.gov/docs/technicalupgrades/.) In particular, the Office is seeking comment and holding public hearings on the following elements: (1) A guided remitter responsibility model of electronic recordation; (2) the use of structured electronic documents that contain their own indexing information; (3) the linking of recordation records to registration records; (4) the use of standard identifiers, and other metadata standards, in recorded documents and the catalog of such documents; and (5) potential additional incentives to record documents pertaining to copyrights. Further explanation of these elements is to be found below in the SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION section of this Notice. The Office appreciates in particular comments from parties who record documents and the professionals who assist them in doing so; from parties experienced with electronic recordation in other areas, such as that of real property; from those who maintain databases of copyrighted works for licensing or other purposes; from those who have developed or are developing metadata standards for copyright management purposes; and from those who use the Copyright Office's catalog and collection of recorded documents for any purpose.
Verification of Statements of Account Submitted by Cable Operators and Satellite Carriers
Document Number: 2013-30776
Type: Rule
Date: 2013-12-26
Agency: Library of Congress, Agencies and Commissions, Copyright Office
The U.S. Copyright Office is adopting an interim regulation that implements certain aspects of the Satellite Television Extension and Localism Act of 2010 (``STELA''). Cable operators and satellite carriers must file statements of account (``SOAs'') and deposit royalty fees with the Office in order to use the statutory licenses that allow for the retransmission of over-the-air broadcast signals. The Office published two notices of proposed rulemaking concerning a new process to allow copyright owners to audit the SOAs and associated royalty payments. The Office received extensive comments on its proposed audit procedures and is carefully reviewing these comments to address them as appropriate in a final rule. In the meantime, the Office is issuing an interim rule to establish the procedure for filing a notice of intent to audit one or more SOAs.
Authentication of Electronic Signatures on Electronically Filed Statements of Account
Document Number: 2013-15699
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2013-07-01
Agency: Library of Congress, Agencies and Commissions, Copyright Office
The U.S. Copyright Office published a notice of proposed rulemaking in the Federal Register of June 26, 2013 (78 FR 38240). The document contained incorrect dates.
Authentication of Electronic Signatures on Electronically Filed Statements of Account
Document Number: 2013-15016
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2013-06-26
Agency: Library of Congress, Agencies and Commissions, Copyright Office
The U.S. Copyright Office (``Copyright Office'' or ``Office'') is reengineering certain processes in its Licensing Division to enable cable systems operating under the statutory license governing the secondary transmission of over-the-air television broadcast signals to file Statements of Account electronically. As part of that process, the Office plans to adopt an identity authentication process that will allow for the use of electronic signatures. The Office proposes revisions to specific rules to account for the changes associated with the implementation of an electronic Statement of Account filing system and seeks public comment on the proposed process and regulatory changes to accommodate the use of electronic signatures.
Review of Copyright Royalty Judges Determination
Document Number: 2013-09005
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-04-17
Agency: Library of Congress, Agencies and Commissions, Copyright Office
The Register of Copyrights issues the following decision identifying and correcting an erroneous resolution of a material question of substantive law under title 17 that underlies or is contained in the Copyright Royalty Judges' final determination of rates and terms of royalty payments for the use of sound recordings in transmissions made by Preexisting Subscription Services.
Refunds Under the Cable Statutory License
Document Number: 2013-00171
Type: Rule
Date: 2013-01-09
Agency: Library of Congress, Agencies and Commissions, Copyright Office
The Copyright Office is amending its regulations to clarify its practices for providing refunds of cable royalties under the provisions of the Satellite Television Extension and Localism Act of 2010 (``STELA''). A cable operator must pay royalties to and file Statements of Account with the Office every six months in order to use the statutory license that allows for the retransmission of over-the-air broadcast signals under 17 U.S.C. 111. STELA allows a cable operator to calculate its royalty obligation for the carriage of distant signals on a community-by-community basis for accounting periods beginning on or after January 1, 2010, instead of calculating its royalty obligation based on the system as a whole. STELA also states that a cable operator shall not be subject to an infringement action if it used the subscriber group methodology to calculate its royalty obligation in a Statement filed prior to the effective date of STELA. Although a cable operator cannot be held liable for using the subscriber group methodology, the regulation clarifies that a cable operator's obligation to pay for the carriage of distant signals prior to the effective date of STELA was determined on a system-wide basis. Therefore, refunds for an overpayment of royalty fees on a Statement filed prior to the effective date of STELA will be made only when a cable operator has satisfied its outstanding royalty obligations (if any), including the obligation to pay for the carriage of each distant signal on a system-wide basis.
Copyright Office Fees
Document Number: 2012-29229
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2012-12-06
Agency: Library of Congress, Agencies and Commissions, Copyright Office
The Copyright Office has further revised its proposed fee schedule for filing cable and satellite statements of account following feedback from interested parties in response to a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking published on March 28, 2012. The modified fee schedule set forth below reflects an updated calculation of the cost of providing services.
Extension of Comment Period: Orphan Works and Mass Digitization
Document Number: 2012-29023
Type: Notice
Date: 2012-11-30
Agency: Library of Congress, Agencies and Commissions, Copyright Office
The Copyright Office is extending the period of public comment in response to its October 22, 2012 Notice of Inquiry requesting comments on issues relating to orphan works and mass digitization under U.S. copyright law.
Electronic Filing in the Copyright Office of Notices of Intention To Obtain a Section 115 Compulsory License
Document Number: 2012-28906
Type: Rule
Date: 2012-11-29
Agency: Library of Congress, Agencies and Commissions, Copyright Office
The Copyright Office is amending its regulations for filing Notices of Intention to obtain a Section 115 compulsory license with the Copyright Office to provide an option for electronically filing notices. By law, such notices may be filed in the Office only when the public records of the Copyright Office do not identify the copyright owner of the musical work and include an address at which notice can be served. In addition, the Copyright Office is amending its regulations to clarify the rules for filing physical Notices of Intention, to clarify that it does not examine Notices of Intention filed with the Office for legal sufficiency, and to include a Privacy Act Advisory Statement.
Mechanical and Digital Phonorecord Delivery Compulsory License
Document Number: 2012-27774
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2012-11-15
Agency: Library of Congress, Agencies and Commissions, Copyright Office
The Copyright Office is extending the deadline for filing reply comments regarding its Notice of Proposed Rulemaking concerning regulations for reporting Monthly and Annual Statements of Account for the making and distribution of phonorecords under a compulsory license.
Registration of Claims to Copyright: Group Registration of Serial Issues Filed Electronically
Document Number: 2012-27231
Type: Rule
Date: 2012-11-08
Agency: Library of Congress, Agencies and Commissions, Copyright Office
The Copyright Office is adopting interim regulations that allow groups of related serial issues to be filed through the Office's electronic registration system. This interim rule will also allow applicants for groups of related serials, in certain circumstances, to mail physical deposit copies of the serial issues upon submitting an electronic application and payment, when electronic deposit copies do not exist. Regardless of the registration option chosen, applicants must still send two complimentary subscription copies of the serial promptly to the Library of Congress as a condition of eligibility unless directed otherwise by the Office. While filing electronically is not mandatory, the Copyright Office strongly urges applicants to use the electronic filing option since it is more efficient for both the user and the agency.
Exemption to Prohibition on Circumvention of Copyright Protection Systems for Access Control Technologies
Document Number: 2012-26308
Type: Rule
Date: 2012-10-26
Agency: Library of Congress, Agencies and Commissions, Copyright Office
Having duly considered and accepted the Recommendation of the Register of Copyrights that the prohibition against circumvention of technological measures that effectively control access to copyrighted works shall not apply to persons who engage in noninfringing uses of certain classes of copyrighted works, the Librarian of Congress is exercising his authority to publish a new rule designating classes of copyrighted works that shall be subject to statutory exemption.
Orphan Works and Mass Digitization
Document Number: 2012-25932
Type: Notice
Date: 2012-10-22
Agency: Library of Congress, Agencies and Commissions, Copyright Office
The U.S. Copyright Office is reviewing the problem of orphan works under U.S. copyright law in continuation of its previous work on the subject and in order to advise Congress as to possible next steps for the United States. The Office has long shared the concern with many in the copyright community that the uncertainty surrounding the ownership status of orphan works does not serve the objectives of the copyright system. For good faith users, orphan works are a frustration, a liability risk, and a major cause of gridlock in the digital marketplace. The issue is not contained to the United States. Indeed, in recent months, the European Commission has adopted measures that would begin to resolve the issue in certain contexts and a number of foreign governments are reviewing or proposing solutions. The Copyright Office seeks comments regarding the current state of play for orphan works. It is interested in what has changed in the legal and business environments during the past few years that might be relevant to a resolution of the problem and what additional legislative, regulatory, or voluntary solutions deserve deliberation. This is a general inquiry and the Office will likely publish additional notices on this topic.
Extension of Comment Period: Resale Royalty Right
Document Number: 2012-25370
Type: Notice
Date: 2012-10-16
Agency: Library of Congress, Agencies and Commissions, Copyright Office
The Copyright Office is extending the period of public comment in response to its September 19, 2012 Notice of Inquiry requesting comments regarding issues relating to consideration of a federal resale royalty right.
Verification of Statements of Account Submitted by Cable Operators and Satellite Carriers
Document Number: 2012-24321
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2012-10-03
Agency: Library of Congress, Agencies and Commissions, Copyright Office
The Copyright Office is again extending the deadline for filing reply comments in response to its Notice of Proposed Rulemaking concerning the verification of Statements of Account and royalty payments that are deposited with the Office by cable operators and satellite carriers.
Resale Royalty Right
Document Number: 2012-23076
Type: Notice
Date: 2012-09-19
Agency: Library of Congress, Agencies and Commissions, Copyright Office
The U.S. Copyright Office is undertaking an inquiry at the request of Congress to review how current copyright law affects and supports visual artists; and how a federal resale royalty right for visual artists would affect current and future practices of groups or individuals involved in the creation, licensing, sale, exhibition, dissemination, and preservation of works of visual art. The Office thus seeks comments from the public on the means by which visual artists exploit their works under existing law as well as the issues and obstacles that may be encountered when considering a federal resale royalty right in the United States.
Extension of Comment Period: Remedies for Small Copyright Claims: Additional Comments
Document Number: 2012-22712
Type: Notice
Date: 2012-09-14
Agency: Library of Congress, Agencies and Commissions, Copyright Office
The Copyright Office is extending the period of public comment in response to its August 23, 2012 Notice of Inquiry requesting additional comments regarding issues relating to remedies for small copyright claims.
Verification of Statements of Account Submitted by Cable Operators and Satellite Carriers
Document Number: 2012-22320
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2012-09-11
Agency: Library of Congress, Agencies and Commissions, Copyright Office
The Copyright Office is extending the deadline for filing reply comments in response to its Notice of Proposed Rulemaking concerning the verification of Statements of Account and royalty payments that are deposited with the Office by cable operators and satellite carriers. Initial comments are available for review on the Copyright Office Web site.
Mechanical and Digital Phonorecord Delivery Compulsory License
Document Number: 2012-22317
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2012-09-11
Agency: Library of Congress, Agencies and Commissions, Copyright Office
The Copyright Office is extending the deadline for filing comments and reply comments regarding its Notice of Proposed Rulemaking concerning regulations for reporting Monthly and Annual Statements of Account for the making and distribution of phonorecords under compulsory licenses obtained pursuant to 17 U.S.C. 115.
Registration of Copyright: Definition of Claimant
Document Number: 2012-21703
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2012-09-04
Agency: Library of Congress, Agencies and Commissions, Copyright Office
The Copyright Office is extending the reply comment period on the proposed rule to amend its regulations governing the definition of a ``claimant'' for purposes of copyright registration by eliminating the footnote to the definition of a ``claimant'' in Sec. 202.3(a)(3)(ii).
Remedies for Small Copyright Claims: Additional Comments
Document Number: 2012-20802
Type: Notice
Date: 2012-08-23
Agency: Library of Congress, Agencies and Commissions, Copyright Office
This is the second request for public comment pertaining to a study undertaken by the U.S. Copyright Office at the request of Congress on the topic of adjudicating small copyright claims. The study will assess whether and, if so, how the current legal system hinders or prevents copyright owners from pursuing claims that have a relatively small economic value and will discuss, with appropriate recommendations, potential changes in administrative, regulatory, and statutory authority. At this time, the Office seeks additional comments on some of the possible alternatives. The Copyright Office also announces two public meetings following the comment period, to be held during November 2012 in New York and Los Angeles, respectively.