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  • U.S. Copyright Office, NewsNet Issue 735
    NewsNet Issue 735December 7, 2018 U.S. Copyright Office Issues Interim Rule Updating Section 115 Compulsory License Regulations Pursuant to the Musical Works Modernization Act, title I of the recently enacted Orrin G. Hatch–Bob Goodlatte Music Modernization Act, the U.S. Copyright Office is issuing an interim rule to amend the Office’s existing regulations pertaining to the compulsory “mechanical” license for making and distributing phonorecords of nondramatic musical works available under 17 U.S.C. § 115 so as to conform the existing regulations to the new law, including with respect to the operation of notices of intention and statements of account, and to make other minor technical updates. This interim rule is generally directed at the present transition period before a blanket license is offered by a mechanical licensing collective and does not include regulatory updates that may be required in connection with the future offering of that blanket license; such updates will be the subject of future rulemakings. While the rule is largely a technical implementation of the Music Modernization Act, the Office invites public comments on the interim rule. The interim rule and instructions on how to submit comments are available here. Written comments must be received no later than January 22, 2019, at 11:59 p.m. eastern time.                
  • U.S. Copyright Office, NewsNet Issue 734
    NewsNet Issue 734November 30, 2018 U.S. Copyright Office Publishes Final Rule Relating to Group Registration Options for Newsletters and Serials The Copyright Office has adopted a final rule, effective December 30, 2018, to update its regulations governing group registration options for newsletters and serials. The final rule will require applicants to file online rather than use a paper application, and upload a complete digital copy of each issue through the electronic registration system instead of submitting them in physical form. To satisfy the mandatory deposit requirement, if the newsletter or serial is published in the United States in a physical format, two complimentary subscriptions must be provided directly to the Library of Congress (unless the Library notifies the publisher otherwise). In addition, for group newsletters, the rule eliminates requirements that each issue be a work made for hire and be registered within three months of publication. For group serials, the rule clarifies registration requirements, including that serials must generally be published at intervals of at least a week and that the publication dates need not match the dates on the issues themselves.                
  • U.S. Copyright Office, NewsNet Issue 733
    NewsNet Issue 733November 14, 2018 U.S. Copyright Office Extends Comment Period for Rulemaking Relating to the Noncommercial Use of Pre-1972 Sound Recordings That Are Not Being Commercially Exploited On October 16, 2018, the United States Copyright Office published a notice of inquiry regarding the noncommercial use of pre-1972 sound recordings that are not being commercially exploited (83 FR 52176). To ensure that commenters have sufficient time to respond to the notice, the Office is extending the deadline for the submission of initial written comments to 11:59 p.m. eastern time on November 26, 2018. Written reply comments must be received no later than 11:59 p.m. eastern time on December 11, 2018. The instructions on how to submit a comment are available here.                
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