Public Draft of the Compendium of U.S. Copyright Office Practices, 9562-9563 [2019-04798]

Download as PDF 9562 Federal Register / Vol. 84, No. 51 / Friday, March 15, 2019 / Notices LIBRARY OF CONGRESS Copyright Office [Docket No. 2019–3] Public Draft of the Compendium of U.S. Copyright Office Practices U.S. Copyright Office, Library of Congress. ACTION: U.S. Copyright Office releases public draft of an update to the Compendium of U.S. Copyright Office Practices, Third Edition. AGENCY: The U.S. Copyright Office is announcing the release of a public draft of an update to its administrative manual, the Compendium of U.S. Copyright Office Practices, Third Edition. The update has been released in draft form to give the public an opportunity to review and provide comments on the revisions. DATES: Comments must be made in writing and must be received in the U.S. Copyright Office no later than May 14, 2019. The Copyright Office will hold a webinar to review the proposed revisions on April 10, 2019, at 2:00 p.m. EST, which may be accessed from the web page referenced in the Addresses section below. ADDRESSES: The public draft of the update to the Compendium of U.S. Copyright Office Practices, Third Edition is available on the Office’s website at https://www.copyright.gov/ comp3/draft.html. The webinar on the proposed revisions may be accessed from the same web page. For reasons of government efficiency, the Copyright Office is using the regulations.gov system for the submission and posting of public comments related to this draft. All comments are therefore to be submitted electronically through regulations.gov. Specific instructions for submitting comments are available on the Copyright Office website at https:// www.copyright.gov/comp3/draft/ comment-submission. If electronic submission of comments is not feasible due to lack of access to a computer and/ or the internet, please contact the Office using the contact information below for special instructions. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Robert J. Kasunic, Associate Register and Director of Registration Policy and Practice or Regan A. Smith, General Counsel and Associate Register of Copyrights, by telephone at 202–707– 8040 or by email at rkas@copyright.gov and regans@copyright.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The Compendium of U.S. Copyright Office Practices, Third Edition amozie on DSK9F9SC42PROD with NOTICES SUMMARY: VerDate Sep<11>2014 16:53 Mar 14, 2019 Jkt 247001 (‘‘Compendium’’) is the administrative manual of the U.S. Copyright Office (the ‘‘Office’’). It ‘‘explains many of the practices and procedures concerning the Office’s mandate and statutory duties of the Copyright Office under title 17 of the United States Code.’’ 37 CFR 201.2(b)(7). ‘‘It is both a technical manual for the Copyright Office’s staff, as well as a guidebook for authors, copyright licensees, practitioners, scholars, the courts, and members of the general public.’’ Id. To ensure that this manual remains up to date, the Office is now releasing a draft revision of the Compendium. This is the first update since the Compendium was revised on September 29, 2017. 82 FR 45625 (Sept. 29, 2017). This update is the result of a careful review of changes to the Office’s practices and procedures, as well as recent changes in the law. In particular, the Compendium has been updated to reflect the Supreme Court’s decision in Star Athletica v. Varsity Brands, 137 S. Ct. 1002 (2017). The draft provides new guidance for claims involving useful articles, as well as claims involving works of artistic craftsmanship, models, technical drawings, and other works of the visual arts. Additionally, the Compendium has been updated to reflect rulemakings that the Office has completed over the past seventeen months. It provides information concerning the new group registration options for unpublished works and unpublished photographs, and the recent changes to the rules governing the group registration options for published photographs and serials, newspaper, and newsletter issues.1 It reflects the new deposit requirements for literary monographs, printed music, and photographic databases, and the recent changes to the regulation on the Single Application.2 It also incorporates changes made by the recent technical amendments to the regulation governing copyright notice.3 The Office recently issued other proposals to amend its registration regulations, including regarding architectural works, and a new group registration option for short online 1 See 83 FR 2542 (Jan. 18, 2018) (final rule on group photographs); 83 FR 4144 (Jan. 30, 2018), 84 FR 3698 (Feb. 13, 2019) (final rules on group newspapers); 83 FR 61546 (Nov. 30, 2018) (final rule on group serials and group newsletters); 84 FR 3693 (Feb. 13, 2019) (final rule on unpublished works). 2 See 83 FR 2371 (Jan 17, 2018) (final rule on literary monographs and printed music); 83 FR 2542 (Jan. 18, 2018) (final rule on group photographs); 83 FR 66627 (Dec. 27, 2018) (final rule on the Single Application). 3 See 82 FR 42735 (Sept. 12, 2017). PO 00000 Frm 00087 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 literary works.4 The final version of the Compendium will include information about these amendments if the Office issues a final rule in these proceedings before this update goes into effect. The final version will also include updates to reflect the Supreme Court’s recent decision in Fourth Estate Public Benefit Corp. v. Wall-Street.com, LLC, 586 U.S. l (Mar. 4, 2019). The Compendium has been updated to reflect certain technical upgrades that have been made to the electronic registration system. The Office has introduced a new and improved version of the Single Application, and finalized a regulatory update related to thisupgrade.5 It modified the authorship statements in the application for registering a single issue of a serial publication. It expanded the unique identifiers that may be provided in an application for copyright registration, such as ISMN, ISWC, and ISTC numbers. And it added a new feature that will allow certain file types to be uploaded to the electronic system, while blocking unacceptable file types.6 Finally, the Compendium has been updated to reflect a number of practice changes that have been implemented by the Office of Registration Policy & Practice. These changes are intended to increase the efficiency of the examination process, reduce pendency times, and enhance the quality of the registration record. Among other improvements, the revisions clarify how and when the Office will communicate with applicants, when it will attempt to correct deficiencies in the application, when it will register a claim with an annotation, and when it will refuse registration.7 The public draft for this update to the Compendium may be viewed on the Office’s website at https:// www.copyright.gov/comp3/draft.html. The Office has provided redlines that compare the public draft with the version of the Compendium that was released on September 29, 2017. In addition, the Office’s website provides a complete list of the sections that will be 4 See 83 FR 65612 (Dec. 21, 2018) (proposed rule on short online literary works); 83 FR 66182 (Dec. 26, 2018) (proposed rule on architectural works). 5 See 83 FR at 66627. 6 Additional information concerning these technical upgrades is available on the Office’s website at https://www.copyright.gov/eco/updates/ index.html. 7 See, e.g, Compendium public draft Chapter 600, sections 603.2(C), 605.3(D), 605.4, 605.6(B), 605.6(C), 605.6(D), 606, 610.6(B), 610.6(D)(4), 618.8(A)(8), 618.8(C)(3), 618.8(D)(2), 618.8(F), 618.8(H), 618.8(I), 619.13(Q), 619.19(T), 620.10(D)(1)(c), 621.9(E)(3), 621.9(F)(2), and 621.9(G). E:\FR\FM\15MRN1.SGM 15MRN1 Federal Register / Vol. 84, No. 51 / Friday, March 15, 2019 / Notices added, amended, or removed in this update. The Office welcomes comments on the public draft. In the meantime, the update will remain in draft form pending the Office’s review of any comments that are received.8 Dated: March 11, 2019. Regan A. Smith, General Counsel and Associate Register of Copyrights. [FR Doc. 2019–04798 Filed 3–14–19; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 1410–30–P NUCLEAR REGULATORY COMMISSION [Docket No. 50–443; NRC–2010–0206] NextEra Energy Seabrook, LLC; Seabrook Station, Unit No. 1 Nuclear Regulatory Commission. ACTION: License renewal and record of decision; issuance. AGENCY: The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) has issued Renewed Facility Operating License No. NPF–86 to NextEra Energy Seabrook, LLC (NextEra), Hudson Light & Power Department, Massachusetts Municipal Wholesale Electric Company, and Taunton Municipal Lighting Plant. Renewed Facility Operating License No. NPF–86 authorizes NextEra to operate Seabrook Station, Unit No. 1 (Seabrook) at reactor core power levels not in excess of 3,648 megawatts thermal, and in accordance with the provisions of the Seabrook renewed operating license and technical specifications. In addition, the NRC has prepared a record of decision (ROD) that supports the agency’s decision to issue Renewed Facility Operating License No. NPF–86 authorizing operations at Seabrook for an additional 20 years. DATES: The NRC issued Renewed Facility Operating License No. NPF–86 on March 12, 2019. ADDRESSES: Please refer to Docket ID NRC–2010–0206 when contacting the NRC about the availability of information regarding this document. You may obtain publicly available amozie on DSK9F9SC42PROD with NOTICES SUMMARY: 8 Documents and copyright claims recorded or registered on or after the date that the final version goes into effect will be governed by that version of the Compendium. Registrations and recordations issued by the Office before that date generally will be governed by the December 29, 2014 or September 29, 2017 versions of the Compendium (as the case may be), except where those versions have been superseded by an amendment to the regulations, intervening case law, or previously announced changes in practices. VerDate Sep<11>2014 16:53 Mar 14, 2019 Jkt 247001 information related to this document using any of the following methods: • Federal Rulemaking Website: Go to http://www.regulations.gov and search for Docket ID NRC–2010–0206. Address questions about NRC dockets in Regulations.gov to Krupskaya Castellon; telephone: 301–287–9221; email: Krupskaya.Castellon@nrc.gov. For technical questions, contact the individual listed in the FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT section of this document. • NRC’s Agencywide Documents Access and Management System (ADAMS): You may obtain publicly available documents online in the ADAMS Public Document collection at https://www.nrc.gov/reading-rm/ adams.html. To begin the search, select ‘‘Begin Web-based ADAMS Search.’’ For problems with ADAMS, contact the NRC’s Public Document Room (PDR) reference staff at 1–800–397–4209, 301– 415–4737, or by email to pdr.resource@ nrc.gov. The ADAMS accession number for each document referenced (if it is available in ADAMS) is provided the first time that it is mentioned in this document. • NRC’s PDR: You may examine and purchase copies of public documents at the NRC’s PDR, Room O1–F21, One White Flint North, 11555 Rockville Pike, Rockville, MD 20852. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: William ‘‘Butch’’ Burton, Office of Nuclear Reactor Regulation, U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Washington, DC 20555–0001; telephone: 301–415–6332; email: William.Burton@ nrc.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: I. Introduction The NRC hereby gives notice that it has issued Renewed Facility Operating License No. NPF–86 to NextEra Energy Seabrook, LLC (NextEra), Hudson Light & Power Department, Massachusetts Municipal Wholesale Electric Company, and Taunton Municipal Lighting Plant. Renewed Facility Operating License No. NPF–86 authorizes NextEra to operate Seabrook Station, Unit No. 1 (Seabrook) at reactor core power levels not in excess of 3,648 megawatts thermal, and in accordance with the provisions of the Seabrook renewed operating license and technical specifications. The NRC ROD that supports the NRC’s decision to issue Renewed Facility Operating License No. NPF–86 is available in ADAMS under Accession No. ML19002A160. The NRC documented its environmental review for the license renewal in the ROD and the final supplemental environmental PO 00000 Frm 00088 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 9563 impact statement (FSEIS) for the Seabrook license renewal, NUREG– 1437, Supplement 46, ‘‘Generic Environmental Impact Statement for License Renewal of Nuclear Plants Regarding Seabrook Station, Final Report,’’ dated July 2015 (ADAMS Accession Nos. ML15209A575 and ML15209A870). As part of its environmental review, the NRC considered a range of reasonable alternatives to license renewal that included a natural gas-fired combinedcycle (NGCC) alternative, a new nuclear alternative, a combination alternative of NGCC and wind, and the no-action alternative. As discussed in Chapter 9, ‘‘Conclusion,’’ of the FSEIS, the NRC has determined that the adverse environmental impacts of license renewal for Seabrook are not so great that preserving the option of license renewal for energy-planning decision makers would be unreasonable. This recommendation is based on: (1) The analysis and findings in the generic environmental impact statement (NUREG–1437), (2) information provided in the environmental report and other documents submitted by NextEra, (3) consultation with Federal, State, local, and Tribal agencies, (4) the NRC staff’s independent environmental review, and (5) consideration of public comments received during the scoping process and on the draft supplemental environmental impact statement. Seabrook is a pressurized-water reactor located approximately 15 miles (24 km) south of Portsmouth, NH. The Seabrook license renewal application, dated May 25, 2010 (ADAMS Package Accession No. ML101590094), as supplemented by letters dated through August 29, 2018, complies with the standards and requirements of the Atomic Energy Act of 1954, as amended (the Act), and the NRC’s regulations in Chapter I of Title 10 of the Code of Federal Regulations (10 CFR). As required by the Act and the NRC’s regulations, the NRC has made appropriate findings, which it has set forth in the renewed license. On July 21, 2010, the NRC published in the Federal Register a public notice of the proposed issuance of the renewed license for Seabrook. This public notice also included an opportunity to request a hearing (75 FR 42462). No adjudicatory matters are pending before the Commission or the Atomic Safety and Licensing Board regarding the Seabrook license renewal application. For further details with respect to the issuance of the Seabrook renewed operating license, see: (1) NextEra’s license renewal application for Seabrook dated May 25, 2010 (ADAMS E:\FR\FM\15MRN1.SGM 15MRN1

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[Federal Register Volume 84, Number 51 (Friday, March 15, 2019)]
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LIBRARY OF CONGRESS

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[Docket No. 2019-3]


Public Draft of the Compendium of U.S. Copyright Office Practices

AGENCY: U.S. Copyright Office, Library of Congress.

ACTION: U.S. Copyright Office releases public draft of an update to the 
Compendium of U.S. Copyright Office Practices, Third Edition.

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SUMMARY: The U.S. Copyright Office is announcing the release of a 
public draft of an update to its administrative manual, the Compendium 
of U.S. Copyright Office Practices, Third Edition. The update has been 
released in draft form to give the public an opportunity to review and 
provide comments on the revisions.

DATES: Comments must be made in writing and must be received in the 
U.S. Copyright Office no later than May 14, 2019. The Copyright Office 
will hold a webinar to review the proposed revisions on April 10, 2019, 
at 2:00 p.m. EST, which may be accessed from the web page referenced in 
the Addresses section below.

ADDRESSES: The public draft of the update to the Compendium of U.S. 
Copyright Office Practices, Third Edition is available on the Office's 
website at https://www.copyright.gov/comp3/draft.html. The webinar on 
the proposed revisions may be accessed from the same web page. For 
reasons of government efficiency, the Copyright Office is using the 
regulations.gov system for the submission and posting of public 
comments related to this draft. All comments are therefore to be 
submitted electronically through regulations.gov. Specific instructions 
for submitting comments are available on the Copyright Office website 
at https://www.copyright.gov/comp3/draft/comment-submission. If 
electronic submission of comments is not feasible due to lack of access 
to a computer and/or the internet, please contact the Office using the 
contact information below for special instructions.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Robert J. Kasunic, Associate Register 
and Director of Registration Policy and Practice or Regan A. Smith, 
General Counsel and Associate Register of Copyrights, by telephone at 
202-707-8040 or by email at rkas@copyright.gov and 
regans@copyright.gov.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The Compendium of U.S. Copyright Office 
Practices, Third Edition (``Compendium'') is the administrative manual 
of the U.S. Copyright Office (the ``Office''). It ``explains many of 
the practices and procedures concerning the Office's mandate and 
statutory duties of the Copyright Office under title 17 of the United 
States Code.'' 37 CFR 201.2(b)(7). ``It is both a technical manual for 
the Copyright Office's staff, as well as a guidebook for authors, 
copyright licensees, practitioners, scholars, the courts, and members 
of the general public.'' Id.
    To ensure that this manual remains up to date, the Office is now 
releasing a draft revision of the Compendium. This is the first update 
since the Compendium was revised on September 29, 2017. 82 FR 45625 
(Sept. 29, 2017). This update is the result of a careful review of 
changes to the Office's practices and procedures, as well as recent 
changes in the law.
    In particular, the Compendium has been updated to reflect the 
Supreme Court's decision in Star Athletica v. Varsity Brands, 137 S. 
Ct. 1002 (2017). The draft provides new guidance for claims involving 
useful articles, as well as claims involving works of artistic 
craftsmanship, models, technical drawings, and other works of the 
visual arts.
    Additionally, the Compendium has been updated to reflect 
rulemakings that the Office has completed over the past seventeen 
months. It provides information concerning the new group registration 
options for unpublished works and unpublished photographs, and the 
recent changes to the rules governing the group registration options 
for published photographs and serials, newspaper, and newsletter 
issues.\1\ It reflects the new deposit requirements for literary 
monographs, printed music, and photographic databases, and the recent 
changes to the regulation on the Single Application.\2\ It also 
incorporates changes made by the recent technical amendments to the 
regulation governing copyright notice.\3\
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    \1\ See 83 FR 2542 (Jan. 18, 2018) (final rule on group 
photographs); 83 FR 4144 (Jan. 30, 2018), 84 FR 3698 (Feb. 13, 2019) 
(final rules on group newspapers); 83 FR 61546 (Nov. 30, 2018) 
(final rule on group serials and group newsletters); 84 FR 3693 
(Feb. 13, 2019) (final rule on unpublished works).
    \2\ See 83 FR 2371 (Jan 17, 2018) (final rule on literary 
monographs and printed music); 83 FR 2542 (Jan. 18, 2018) (final 
rule on group photographs); 83 FR 66627 (Dec. 27, 2018) (final rule 
on the Single Application).
    \3\ See 82 FR 42735 (Sept. 12, 2017).
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    The Office recently issued other proposals to amend its 
registration regulations, including regarding architectural works, and 
a new group registration option for short online literary works.\4\ The 
final version of the Compendium will include information about these 
amendments if the Office issues a final rule in these proceedings 
before this update goes into effect. The final version will also 
include updates to reflect the Supreme Court's recent decision in 
Fourth Estate Public Benefit Corp. v. Wall-Street.com, LLC, 586 U.S. _ 
(Mar. 4, 2019).
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    \4\ See 83 FR 65612 (Dec. 21, 2018) (proposed rule on short 
online literary works); 83 FR 66182 (Dec. 26, 2018) (proposed rule 
on architectural works).
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    The Compendium has been updated to reflect certain technical 
upgrades that have been made to the electronic registration system. The 
Office has introduced a new and improved version of the Single 
Application, and finalized a regulatory update related to 
thisupgrade.\5\ It modified the authorship statements in the 
application for registering a single issue of a serial publication. It 
expanded the unique identifiers that may be provided in an application 
for copyright registration, such as ISMN, ISWC, and ISTC numbers. And 
it added a new feature that will allow certain file types to be 
uploaded to the electronic system, while blocking unacceptable file 
types.\6\
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    \5\ See 83 FR at 66627.
    \6\ Additional information concerning these technical upgrades 
is available on the Office's website at https://www.copyright.gov/eco/updates/index.html.
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    Finally, the Compendium has been updated to reflect a number of 
practice changes that have been implemented by the Office of 
Registration Policy & Practice. These changes are intended to increase 
the efficiency of the examination process, reduce pendency times, and 
enhance the quality of the registration record. Among other 
improvements, the revisions clarify how and when the Office will 
communicate with applicants, when it will attempt to correct 
deficiencies in the application, when it will register a claim with an 
annotation, and when it will refuse registration.\7\
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    \7\ See, e.g, Compendium public draft Chapter 600, sections 
603.2(C), 605.3(D), 605.4, 605.6(B), 605.6(C), 605.6(D), 606, 
610.6(B), 610.6(D)(4), 618.8(A)(8), 618.8(C)(3), 618.8(D)(2), 
618.8(F), 618.8(H), 618.8(I), 619.13(Q), 619.19(T), 620.10(D)(1)(c), 
621.9(E)(3), 621.9(F)(2), and 621.9(G).
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    The public draft for this update to the Compendium may be viewed on 
the Office's website at https://www.copyright.gov/comp3/draft.html. The 
Office has provided redlines that compare the public draft with the 
version of the Compendium that was released on September 29, 2017. In 
addition, the Office's website provides a complete list of the sections 
that will be

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added, amended, or removed in this update.
    The Office welcomes comments on the public draft. In the meantime, 
the update will remain in draft form pending the Office's review of any 
comments that are received.\8\
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    \8\ Documents and copyright claims recorded or registered on or 
after the date that the final version goes into effect will be 
governed by that version of the Compendium. Registrations and 
recordations issued by the Office before that date generally will be 
governed by the December 29, 2014 or September 29, 2017 versions of 
the Compendium (as the case may be), except where those versions 
have been superseded by an amendment to the regulations, intervening 
case law, or previously announced changes in practices.

    Dated: March 11, 2019.
Regan A. Smith,
General Counsel and Associate Register of Copyrights.
[FR Doc. 2019-04798 Filed 3-14-19; 8:45 am]
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