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  • U.S. Copyright Office, NewsNet Issue 686
    NewsNet Issue 686October 12, 2017 Copyright Office Proposes Rule to Establish a Group Registration for Unpublished Works The United States Copyright Office is proposing to create a new group registration option for a limited number of unpublished works. The proposed rule would replace the current “unpublished collections” registration option. Among other things, applicants would be required to submit an online application and upload their works to the electronic registration system, although the Office may waive these requirements in exceptional cases. The proposed rule offers a number of significant benefits compared to current practices: it would allow the Office to more easily examine each work for copyrightable authorship, to create a more robust record of the claim, and to improve the overall efficiency of the registration process. The notice of proposed rulemaking and instructions on how to submit a comment are available here. Written comments must be received no later than November 13, 2017, at 11:59 p.m. Eastern time.  
  • U.S. Copyright Office, NewsNet Issue 685
    NewsNet Issue 685October 4, 2017 Copyright Office Reports Results of Public Inquiry on Mass Digitization Pilot Program The U.S. Copyright Office has submitted a letter to Congress reporting the results of the Office’s public inquiry on establishing a pilot program to facilitate the mass digitization of books and other copyrighted works. The inquiry followed the June 2015 publication of the Office’s report on Orphan Works and Mass Digitization, which proposed extended collective licensing (ECL) as a means of enabling the large-scale clearance of rights necessary for such projects. Because the United States lacks experience with such a system, the report recommended that ECL initially take the form of a limited pilot program. In addition, noting that stakeholder support is essential for ECL to succeed, the Office published a Federal Register notice inviting public input on the appropriate structure and operation of a pilot program. In response, the Office received more than eighty written comments from a wide range of interested parties. In its letter, the Office reports that the comments indicate an overall lack of stakeholder consensus on key elements of an ECL pilot program. Therefore, the Office concludes that the submission of proposed legislation to Congress would be premature at this time. The Office, however, continues to believe that ECL offers a viable solution for mass digitization projects and stands ready to assist stakeholders in developing consensus-based legislation should Congress wish to pursue further discussion in this area. The letter, public comments, and background material are available on the Copyright Office website at https://www.copyright.gov/policy/massdigitization/.    
  • U.S. Copyright Office, NewsNet Issue 684
    NewsNet Issue 684September 29, 2017 U.S. Copyright Office Releases Updated Version of the Compendium of U.S. Copyright Office Practices, Third Edition Acting Register of Copyrights Karyn Temple Claggett today released an updated version of the Compendium of U.S. Copyright Office Practices, Third Edition. It is available on the Office’s website at https://www.copyright.gov/comp3/. This update is effective as of September 29, 2017, and it is the governing administrative manual for registrations and recordations issued by the U.S. Copyright Office on or after that date. The Compendium is the administrative manual of the Register of Copyrights concerning the mandate and statutory duties of the Copyright Office under Title 17 of the United States Code. See 37 CFR. § 201.2(b)(7). This update was initially released in draft form on June 1, 2017. The Office received comments on the draft from three organizations and four individuals. After carefully reviewing these comments, the Office revised twenty-one sections of the Compendium. For information concerning these revisions, read more. A complete list of all sections that have been added, amended, revised, or removed is posted on the Office’s website. This version of the Compendium has been reformatted to improve readability for online and offline users. The update also includes improved hyperlinks to provide readers with direct access to the statute, regulations, and resources on the Office’s website, as well as improved cross-references between chapters.  
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