Copyright Office – Federal Register Recent Federal Regulation Documents

Termination Rights, Royalty Distributions, Ownership Transfers, Disputes, and the Music Modernization Act
Document Number: C1-2024-14609
Type: Rule
Date: 2024-07-12
Agency: Library of Congress, Agencies and Commissions, Copyright Office
Termination Rights, Royalty Distributions, Ownership Transfers, Disputes, and the Music Modernization Act
Document Number: 2024-14609
Type: Rule
Date: 2024-07-09
Agency: Library of Congress, Agencies and Commissions, Copyright Office
The U.S. Copyright Office is issuing a final rule regarding how the Copyright Act's derivative works exception to termination rights applies to the statutory mechanical blanket license established by the Music Modernization Act. The final rule also addresses other matters relevant to identifying the proper payee to whom the mechanical licensing collective must distribute royalties. Among other things, the Office is adopting regulations addressing the mechanical licensing collective's distribution of matched historical royalties and administration of ownership transfers, other royalty payee changes, and related disputes.
Notice of Intent To Audit
Document Number: 2024-11496
Type: Notice
Date: 2024-05-24
Agency: Library of Congress, Agencies and Commissions, Copyright Office
The U.S. Copyright Office is announcing receipt of a notice of intent to conduct an audit pursuant to the section 115 blanket license.
Group Registration of Two-Dimensional Artwork
Document Number: 2024-03063
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2024-02-15
Agency: Library of Congress, Agencies and Commissions, Copyright Office
The U.S. Copyright Office is proposing to create a new group registration option for two-dimensional artwork. This option will allow applicants to register up to ten works published within a thirty-day time period by submitting a single online application with a digital deposit copy of each work. The Office will examine each work to determine if it contains a sufficient amount of creative pictorial or graphic authorship. If the Office registers the claim, the registration will cover each artwork as a separate work of authorship. The Office invites comment on this proposal.
Exemptions To Permit Circumvention of Access Controls on Copyrighted Works: Notice of Public Hearings
Document Number: 2024-02499
Type: Notice
Date: 2024-02-07
Agency: Library of Congress, Agencies and Commissions, Copyright Office
The United States Copyright Office will hold public hearings as part of the ninth triennial rulemaking proceeding under the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (``DMCA'') concerning proposed exemptions to the DMCA's prohibition against circumvention of technological measures that control access to copyrighted works. Parties interested in testifying at the hearings are invited to submit requests to testify pursuant to the instructions set forth below.
Notice of Intent To Audit
Document Number: 2024-01878
Type: Notice
Date: 2024-01-31
Agency: Library of Congress, Agencies and Commissions, Copyright Office
The U.S. Copyright Office is announcing receipt of notices of intent to conduct audits pursuant to the section 115 blanket license.
Periodic Review of the Designations of the Mechanical Licensing Collective and Digital Licensee Coordinator
Document Number: 2024-01781
Type: Notice
Date: 2024-01-30
Agency: Library of Congress, Agencies and Commissions, Copyright Office
The U.S. Copyright Office is issuing a notification of inquiry, as required by the Music Modernization Act, regarding whether the existing designations of the mechanical licensing collective and digital licensee coordinator should be continued.
Copyright Claims Board: Active Proceedings and Evidence-Smaller Claims Procedures
Document Number: 2024-00596
Type: Rule
Date: 2024-01-16
Agency: Library of Congress, Agencies and Commissions, Copyright Office
Pursuant to the Copyright Alternative in Small-Claims Enforcement Act, the U.S. Copyright Office is adopting a final rule amending the procedures for ``smaller claims'' proceedings before the Copyright Claims Board.
Group Registration of Updates to a News Website
Document Number: 2023-28724
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2024-01-03
Agency: Library of Congress, Agencies and Commissions, Copyright Office
The U.S. Copyright Office is proposing to create a new group registration option for frequently updated news websites. The rapid pace at which many web-based materials are created and updated presents a challenge for copyright registrants. This challenge is especially pronounced for frequently updated news websites. This option will enable online news publishers to register a group of updates to a news website as a collective work with a deposit composed of identifying material representing sufficient portions of the works, rather than the complete contents of the website. The Office invites comment on this proposal and the questions below.
Notice of Intent To Audit
Document Number: 2023-27554
Type: Notice
Date: 2023-12-15
Agency: Library of Congress, Agencies and Commissions, Copyright Office
The U.S. Copyright Office is announcing receipt of a notice of intent to conduct an audit pursuant to the section 115 blanket license.
Artificial Intelligence and Copyright
Document Number: 2023-25128
Type: Notice
Date: 2023-11-15
Agency: Library of Congress, Agencies and Commissions, Copyright Office
The United States Copyright Office is extending the deadline to submit reply comments in connection with a study of the copyright law and policy issues raised by artificial intelligence systems.
Exemptions To Permit Circumvention of Access Controls on Copyrighted Works
Document Number: 2023-22949
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2023-10-19
Agency: Library of Congress, Agencies and Commissions, Copyright Office
The United States Copyright Office is conducting the ninth triennial rulemaking proceeding under the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (``DMCA''), concerning possible temporary exemptions to the DMCA's prohibition against circumvention of technological measures that control access to copyrighted works. In this proceeding, the Copyright Office is considering petitions for the renewal of exemptions that were granted during the eighth triennial rulemaking along with petitions for new exemptions to engage in activities not permitted by existing exemptions. On June 8, 2023, the Office published a Notification of Inquiry requesting petitions to renew existing exemptions and comments in response to those petitions, as well as petitions for new exemptions. Having carefully considered the renewal petitions and comments received, in this Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (``NPRM''), the Office announces its intention to recommend all but one of the existing exemptions for renewal. This NPRM also initiates three rounds of public comment on the newly proposed exemptions. Interested parties are invited to make full legal and evidentiary submissions in support of or in opposition to the newly proposed exemptions, in accordance with the requirements set forth below.
Access to Electronic Works
Document Number: 2023-22930
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2023-10-18
Agency: Library of Congress, Agencies and Commissions, Copyright Office
The U.S. Copyright Office is extending the deadline to submit comments in connection with a notice of proposed rulemaking regarding expanding the categories of electronic deposits in its regulation governing electronic deposits of published works submitted to the Office that have been selected for addition to the collections of the Library of Congress.
Termination Rights, Royalty Distributions, Ownership Transfers, Disputes, and the Music Modernization Act
Document Number: 2023-22485
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2023-10-11
Agency: Library of Congress, Agencies and Commissions, Copyright Office
The U.S. Copyright Office is extending the deadline to submit comments in connection with a supplemental notice of proposed rulemaking regarding the applicability of the derivative works exception to termination rights under the Copyright Act to the new statutory mechanical blanket license established by the Music Modernization Act and other matters relevant to identifying the proper payee to whom the mechanical licensing collective must distribute royalties.
Termination Rights, Royalty Distributions, Ownership Transfers, Disputes, and the Music Modernization Act
Document Number: 2023-20922
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2023-09-26
Agency: Library of Congress, Agencies and Commissions, Copyright Office
The U.S. Copyright Office is issuing a supplemental notice of proposed rulemaking to update its October 25, 2022 proposed rule regarding the applicability of the derivative works exception to termination rights under the Copyright Act to the new statutory mechanical blanket license established by the Music Modernization Act. This supplemental notice modifies the proposed rule and expands its scope in light of comments received in response to the previous notice. In addition to addressing the applicability of the derivative works exception, the supplemental proposed rule addresses other matters relevant to identifying the proper payee to whom the mechanical licensing collective must distribute royalties. Among other things, the Office proposes adopting regulations addressing the mechanical licensing collective's distribution of matched historical royalties and administration of ownership transfers, requests to designate alternative royalty payees, and related disputes. The Office invites public comments on the supplemental proposed rule.
Artificial Intelligence and Copyright
Document Number: 2023-20480
Type: Notice
Date: 2023-09-21
Agency: Library of Congress, Agencies and Commissions, Copyright Office
The United States Copyright Office is extending the deadline to submit comments in connection with a study of the copyright law and policy issues raised by artificial intelligence (``AI'') systems.
Fees for Late Royalty Payments Under the Music Modernization Act
Document Number: 2023-18609
Type: Rule
Date: 2023-09-05
Agency: Library of Congress, Agencies and Commissions, Copyright Office
The U.S. Copyright Office adopts the following interpretive rule regarding fees for late royalty payments under the Music Modernization Act's statutory mechanical blanket license and terminates its notification of inquiry on this subject that was published on February 23, 2023.
Access to Electronic Works
Document Number: 2023-18664
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2023-09-01
Agency: Library of Congress, Agencies and Commissions, Copyright Office
The U.S. Copyright Office is issuing a notice of proposed rulemaking to update its regulation governing electronic deposits of published works submitted to the Office that have been selected for addition to the collections of the Library of Congress. The current regulation permits the Library to collect and provide limited on-site access to groups of newspapers electronically submitted for registration, as well as electronic serials and books submitted for mandatory deposit. The proposed rule expands the categories of electronic deposits covered by the regulation with the same limitations on access as are currently in place. The proposed changes are part of ongoing steps by the Library and the Office to encourage the submission of works in electronic form and reduce the need for copyright owners to deposit physical copies.
Artificial Intelligence and Copyright
Document Number: 2023-18624
Type: Notice
Date: 2023-08-30
Agency: Library of Congress, Agencies and Commissions, Copyright Office
The United States Copyright Office is undertaking a study of the copyright law and policy issues raised by artificial intelligence (``AI'') systems. To inform the Office's study and help assess whether legislative or regulatory steps in this area are warranted, the Office seeks comment on these issues, including those involved in the use of copyrighted works to train AI models, the appropriate levels of transparency and disclosure with respect to the use of copyrighted works, and the legal status of AI-generated outputs.
Ex Parte Communications
Document Number: 2023-17162
Type: Rule
Date: 2023-08-11
Agency: Library of Congress, Agencies and Commissions, Copyright Office
The U.S. Copyright Office is issuing a final rule establishing procedures governing ex parte communications with the Office. This final rule adopts regulatory language set forth in the Office's February 2023 notice of proposed rulemaking with some modifications in response to public comments. The rule defines ex parte communications, provides instructions on how to request an ex parte meeting, sets forth the parties' responsibilities after an ex parte meeting, and explains how non-compliant communications will be treated.
Copyright Claims Board: District Court Referrals; Proof of Service Forms; Default Proceedings; Law Student Representation
Document Number: 2023-15941
Type: Rule
Date: 2023-07-31
Agency: Library of Congress, Agencies and Commissions, Copyright Office
Pursuant to the Copyright Alternative in Small-Claims Enforcement Act, the U.S. Copyright Office is adopting as final a December 19, 2022 interim rule allowing the Copyright Claims Board to modify or suspend certain rules when a claim is referred by a district court and, in cases that are first filed before the Copyright Claims Board, accept alternative proof of service forms. The interim rule also clarified the rules governing default proceedings and law student representation, and made certain technical corrections.
Copyright Claims Board: Agreement-Based Counterclaims
Document Number: 2023-15940
Type: Rule
Date: 2023-07-27
Agency: Library of Congress, Agencies and Commissions, Copyright Office
Pursuant to the Copyright Alternative in Small-Claims Enforcement Act, the U.S. Copyright Office is adopting as final a May 3, 2023, proposed rule governing the filing of agreement-based counterclaims and related discovery requirements in Copyright Claims Board proceedings.
Exemptions To Permit Circumvention of Access Controls on Copyrighted Works: Notice and Request for Public Comment
Document Number: 2023-14133
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2023-07-05
Agency: Library of Congress, Agencies and Commissions, Copyright Office
The United States Copyright Office is extending the deadline for written petitions for new exemptions in connection with the ninth triennial rulemaking proceeding under the Digital Millennium Copyright Act from the original deadline identified in the Office's June 8, 2023 notice.
Exemptions To Permit Circumvention of Access Controls on Copyrighted Works
Document Number: 2023-12250
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2023-06-08
Agency: Library of Congress, Agencies and Commissions, Copyright Office
The United States Copyright Office is initiating the ninth triennial rulemaking proceeding under the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (``DMCA'') to consider possible temporary exemptions to the DMCA's prohibition against circumvention of technological measures that control access to copyrighted works. In this proceeding, the Copyright Office is again providing a streamlined procedure for the renewal of exemptions that were granted during the eighth triennial rulemaking. If renewed, those current exemptions would remain in force for an additional three-year period (October 2024-October 2027). Members of the public seeking the renewal of current exemptions should submit petitions as described below; parties opposing such renewal will then have the opportunity to file comments in response. The Office is also accepting petitions for new exemptions to engage in activities not currently permitted by existing exemptions, which may include proposals that expand on a current exemption. Those petitions, and any renewal petitions that are opposed, will be considered pursuant to a rulemaking process that includes three rounds of written comment, followed by public hearings, which the Office intends to conduct virtually.
Secure Tests
Document Number: 2023-11299
Type: Rule
Date: 2023-06-01
Agency: Library of Congress, Agencies and Commissions, Copyright Office
The U.S. Copyright Office is issuing an interim rule amending its regulations governing the registration of copyright claims in secure tests to continue the current rule that was adopted to address the national emergency caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. The Office has decided to continue allowing otherwise-eligible tests that were administered online during the national emergency to qualify as secure tests, provided the test administrator employs sufficient security measures. The Office is also continuing its procedure allowing examination of secure test claims via secure teleconference. Finally, the Office is requesting public comment whether the interim rule should be made permanent and whether it should restrict examinations of secure test claims to virtual examinations.
Copyright Registration Guidance: Works Containing Material Generated by Artificial Intelligence
Document Number: 2023-05321
Type: Rule
Date: 2023-03-16
Agency: Library of Congress, Agencies and Commissions, Copyright Office
The Copyright Office issues this statement of policy to clarify its practices for examining and registering works that contain material generated by the use of artificial intelligence technology.
Fees for Late Royalty Payments Under the Music Modernization Act
Document Number: 2023-03738
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2023-02-23
Agency: Library of Congress, Agencies and Commissions, Copyright Office
The U.S. Copyright Office is issuing a notification of inquiry soliciting public comments regarding when fees for late royalty payments should be assessed in connection with reporting by digital music providers under the Music Modernization Act's blanket license.
Ex Parte Communications
Document Number: 2023-03392
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2023-02-17
Agency: Library of Congress, Agencies and Commissions, Copyright Office
The U.S. Copyright Office is issuing a notice of proposed rulemaking to establish procedures governing the use of ex parte communications in informal rulemakings. The proposed rule defines ex parte communications, instructs the public on how to request an ex parte meeting with the Office, sets forth the responsibilities of parties after an ex parte meeting, and identifies impermissible ex parte communications.
Study on Non-Fungible Tokens and Related Intellectual Property Law Issues
Document Number: 2022-27694
Type: Notice
Date: 2022-12-21
Agency: Department of Commerce, Patent and Trademark Office, Library of Congress, Agencies and Commissions, Copyright Office
The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) and United States Copyright Office (USCO) (collectively, the Offices) published a request for comments in the Federal Register on November 23, 2022, seeking comments from the public on various intellectual property (IP) law and policy issues associated with non-fungible tokens (NFTs). Through this notice, the Offices are extending the period for written public comment until February 3, 2023. In addition, the Offices are changing the dates of the public roundtables in this study.
Copyright Claims Board: District Court Referrals; Proof of Service Forms; Default Proceedings; Law Student Representation
Document Number: 2022-27027
Type: Rule
Date: 2022-12-19
Agency: Library of Congress, Agencies and Commissions, Copyright Office
The U.S. Copyright Office is amending its regulations governing the appearance of law student representatives before the Copyright Claims Board, district court referrals, proof of service forms, and default proceedings. The amendments allow the Copyright Claims Board to modify or suspend certain rules when a claim is referred by a district court and, in cases that are first filed before the Copyright Claims Board, accept alternative proof of service forms. The amendments also clarify the rules governing default proceedings and law student representation, and make certain technical corrections.
Termination Rights and the Music Modernization Act's Blanket License
Document Number: 2022-25447
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2022-11-22
Agency: Library of Congress, Agencies and Commissions, Copyright Office
The U.S. Copyright Office is extending the deadline for the submission of written comments in response to its October 25, 2022 notice of proposed rulemaking regarding the applicability of the derivative works exception to termination rights under the Copyright Act to the statutory mechanical blanket license established under the Orrin G. Hatch-Bob Goodlatte Music Modernization Act.
Remitter Payment Options and Deposit Account Requirements
Document Number: 2022-21294
Type: Rule
Date: 2022-09-30
Agency: Library of Congress, Agencies and Commissions, Copyright Office
The U.S. Copyright Office is amending certain regulations related to remitter payments for its services and requirements for maintaining a deposit account. This final rule adopts regulatory language set forth in the Office's February 2022 notice of proposed rulemaking with some modifications in response to public comments. These amendments consolidate regulatory provisions related to payment options and update existing regulations to articulate current Office practices. They also simplify requirements for maintaining a deposit account and clarify procedures related to noncompliant accounts.
Copyright Claims Board: Initiating of Proceedings and Related Procedures
Document Number: 2022-06264
Type: Rule
Date: 2022-03-25
Agency: Library of Congress, Agencies and Commissions, Copyright Office
The U.S. Copyright Office is amending its regulations to establish procedures governing the initial stages of a Copyright Claims Board proceeding. The regulations provide requirements regarding filing a claim, the Board's compliance review, service, notice of the claim, the respondent's opt-out election, responses, and counterclaims.
Copyright Claims Board: Initiating of Proceedings and Related Procedures-Designation of Agents for Service of Process
Document Number: 2022-04745
Type: Rule
Date: 2022-03-08
Agency: Library of Congress, Agencies and Commissions, Copyright Office
The U.S. Copyright Office is amending its regulations to establish procedures governing the process by which corporations, partnerships, and unincorporated associations may designate agents to receive service of the initial notice of a proceeding and claim asserted against them before the Copyright Claims Board. The amended regulations provide the requirements for designating a service agent, amending the designation, and maintaining the directory of designated service agents.
Remitter Payment Options and Deposit Account Requirements
Document Number: 2022-01776
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2022-02-04
Agency: Library of Congress, Agencies and Commissions, Copyright Office
The U.S. Copyright Office is issuing a notice of proposed rulemaking regarding regulations related to remitter payments for Office services and requirements for maintaining a deposit account. Currently, payment options are addressed in various sections of Office regulations, and the method of payment accepted varies depending on the service provided. Additionally, payment methods currently referenced in the regulations may not necessarily reflect the types that the Office can accept or may choose to accept in the future. Amendments in this rulemaking are intended to consolidate regulatory provisions related to payment options and update regulations to articulate current Office practices. The Office also is proposing to simplify requirements for maintaining a deposit account and to clarify procedures related to noncompliant accounts. The Office invites public comments on this proposed rule.
Copyright Claims Board: Representation by Law Students and of Business Entities
Document Number: 2021-28154
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2021-12-30
Agency: Library of Congress, Agencies and Commissions, Copyright Office
The U.S. Copyright Office is issuing a notice of proposed rulemaking to establish procedures governing the appearance of law student representatives and employees of business entities in proceedings before the Copyright Claims Board.
Technical Measures: Public Consultations
Document Number: 2021-27705
Type: Notice
Date: 2021-12-22
Agency: Library of Congress, Agencies and Commissions, Copyright Office
The U.S. Copyright Office is announcing a series of consultations on technical measures to identify or protect copyrighted works online. The Office plans to hold a plenary session to launch consultations on this issue on February 22, 2022, to be followed by smaller sectoral consultations thereafter. To aid in this effort, the Office also is seeking public input on a number of questions.
Deferred Registration Examination Study: Notice and Request for Public Comment
Document Number: 2021-26710
Type: Notice
Date: 2021-12-10
Agency: Library of Congress, Agencies and Commissions, Copyright Office
The U.S. Copyright Office is undertaking a public study to evaluate the merits of providing an option to defer examination of copyright registration application materials until a later request by the applicant. To aid in this effort, the Office is soliciting input from interested members of the public.
Copyright Claims Board: Active Proceedings and Evidence
Document Number: 2021-26058
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2021-12-08
Agency: Library of Congress, Agencies and Commissions, Copyright Office
The U.S. Copyright Office is issuing a notice of proposed rulemaking to establish procedures governing active proceedings before the Copyright Claims Board and post-determination procedures. The proposed rule provides requirements regarding procedural practice, scheduling, conferences, discovery, written testimony, hearings, settlement, smaller claims, default and failure to prosecute, records, post-determination procedures, and conduct of parties. The Office intends to initiate a subsequent rulemaking regarding law student representation.
Publishers' Protections Study: Request for Additional Comments
Document Number: 2021-24506
Type: Notice
Date: 2021-11-09
Agency: Library of Congress, Agencies and Commissions, Copyright Office
The U.S. Copyright Office seeks further comments on the effectiveness of copyright protections for publishers, with a focus on press publishers. This request provides an opportunity for interested parties to raise new issues related to the topic of the study, amplify initial comments, present empirical studies, or to address, reply to, or expand upon any issues raised in the initial request for written commentsresponses to which are due on or before November 26, 2021or during the virtual public roundtable, which will be held on December 9, 2021. On November 29, 2021, the Office will post a link at https:// copyright.gov/policy/publishersprotections/ through which parties can submit second-round comments.
Exemption to Prohibition on Circumvention of Copyright Protection Systems for Access Control Technologies
Document Number: 2021-23311
Type: Rule
Date: 2021-10-28
Agency: Library of Congress, Agencies and Commissions, Copyright Office
In this final rule, the Librarian of Congress adopts exemptions to the provision of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (``DMCA'') that prohibits circumvention of technological measures that control access to copyrighted works. As required under the statute, the Register of Copyrights, following a public proceeding, submitted a recommendation concerning proposed exemptions to the Librarian of Congress (``Register's Recommendation''). After careful consideration, the Librarian adopts final regulations based upon the Register's Recommendation.
Copyright Claims Board: Initiation of Proceedings and Related Procedures
Document Number: 2021-23351
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2021-10-27
Agency: Library of Congress, Agencies and Commissions, Copyright Office
The U.S. Copyright Office is extending the deadline for the submission of written comments in response to its September 29, 2021, notification of proposed rulemaking regarding initiating proceedings before the Copyright Claims Board.
Copyright Claims Board: Initiation of Proceedings and Related Procedures
Document Number: 2021-20303
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2021-09-29
Agency: Library of Congress, Agencies and Commissions, Copyright Office
The U.S. Copyright Office is issuing a notice of proposed rulemaking to establish procedures governing the initial stages of a proceeding before the Copyright Claims Board. The proposed rule provides requirements regarding the filing of a claim, the Board's compliance review of the claim, service, issuance of notice of the claim, the respondent's opt-out election, responses, and counterclaims. The Office intends to initiate subsequent rulemakings regarding additional procedures.
Small Claims Procedures for Library and Archives Opt-Outs and Class Actions
Document Number: 2021-18567
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2021-09-02
Agency: Library of Congress, Agencies and Commissions, Copyright Office
The U.S. Copyright Office is issuing a notice of proposed rulemaking regarding the procedures for libraries and archives to opt out of proceedings before the Copyright Claims Board (``CCB'') and the procedures for a party before the CCB with respect to a class action proceeding, under the Copyright Alternative in Small-Claims Enforcement Act of 2020. The Office invites public comments on this proposed rule.
Copyright Alternative in Small-Claims Enforcement (“CASE”) Act Regulations: Expedited Registration and FOIA
Document Number: 2021-17696
Type: Rule
Date: 2021-08-18
Agency: Library of Congress, Agencies and Commissions, Copyright Office
The U.S. Copyright Office is amending its regulations to establish a new expedited registration option under the Copyright Alternative in Small-Claims Enforcement Act of 2020 and to provide a technical update to the Office's Freedom of Information Act regulations. To qualify for this expedited registration option, the work(s) being registered must be the subject of a claim or counterclaim before the Copyright Claims Board.
Technical Amendments Regarding the Copyright Office's Organizational Structure
Document Number: 2021-12939
Type: Rule
Date: 2021-06-22
Agency: Library of Congress, Agencies and Commissions, Copyright Office
This final rule makes technical changes to the U.S. Copyright Office's regulations pertaining to its organizational structure in light of the agency's recent reorganization. It reflects recent structural changes, updates certain of the Office's division names, and adds a new section for the Copyright Claims Board established by the Copyright Alternative in Small-Claims Enforcement Act of 2020.
Copyright Alternative in Small-Claims Enforcement (“CASE”) Act Regulations: Expedited Registration and FOIA
Document Number: 2021-08570
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2021-04-26
Agency: Library of Congress, Agencies and Commissions, Copyright Office
The U.S. Copyright Office is issuing a notice of proposed rulemaking regarding a new expedited registration option and a conforming amendment to the Office's Freedom of Information Act regulations, under the Copyright Alternative in Small-Claims Enforcement Act. To qualify for this expedited registration option, the work(s) being registered must be the subject of a claim or counterclaim before the Copyright Claims Board. The Office invites public comments on this proposed rule.
Group Registration of Works on an Album of Music
Document Number: 2021-03533
Type: Rule
Date: 2021-02-23
Agency: Library of Congress, Agencies and Commissions, Copyright Office
The U.S. Copyright Office is creating a new group registration option for musical works, sound recordings, and certain other works contained on an album. This option will permit the registration of a group of musical works or a group of sound recordings distributed together, regardless of whether such distribution occurs via physical or digital media. The final rule generally adopts the provisions set forth in the May 2019 notice of proposed rulemaking in this proceeding, with certain updates to reflect the planned implementation of new online applications for this option.
Secure Tests
Document Number: 2021-03097
Type: Rule
Date: 2021-02-19
Agency: Library of Congress, Agencies and Commissions, Copyright Office
The U.S. Copyright Office is issuing an interim rule amending its regulations governing the registration of copyright claims in secure tests and secure test items in order to address a temporary disruption caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. The interim rule allows for examination of these claims via secure videoconference during the national emergency.
Treatment of Confidential Information by the Mechanical Licensing Collective and the Digital Licensee Coordinator
Document Number: 2021-02913
Type: Rule
Date: 2021-02-11
Agency: Library of Congress, Agencies and Commissions, Copyright Office
The U.S. Copyright Office is issuing an interim rule regarding the protection of confidential information by the mechanical licensing collective and the digital licensee coordinator under title I of the Orrin G. Hatch-Bob Goodlatte Music Modernization Act. After soliciting public comments through a notification of inquiry and a notice of proposed rulemaking, the Office is now issuing interim regulations identifying appropriate procedures to ensure that confidential, private, proprietary, or privileged information contained in the records of the mechanical licensing collective and the digital licensee coordinator is not improperly disclosed or used.
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