[Federal Register: February 24,
2005 (Volume 70,
[Docket No. 2005-1]
AGENCY: Copyright Office, Library of Congress
ACTION: Policy decision, correction
Jeff Cole, Acting Reengineering Program Manager, or Kent Dunlap, Principal Legal Advisor to the General Counsel. Telephone: (202) 707-8350. Telefax: (202) 707-8366.
The Copyright Office recently announced that it is changing the format of certain copyright registration certificates issued for motion pictures and other audiovisual works registered in class PA, as part of a pilot project. Unlike traditional certificates of registration, the certificates issued as part of the pilot project will not be facsimiles of the applications for registration, but will be electronically generated from data entered from the applications. See 70 FR 3231(January 21, 2005).
In that announcement, the Office included a discussion of the “Transition Period” as follows:
4. Transition Period
Certificates in the new format will be produced only for applications included in the pilot project and initially received in the Copyright Office on or after the start date, February 14, 2005. For applications for motion pictures and other class PA audiovisual works already in process in the Copyright Office on that date, including those for which correspondence is pending, certificates will continue to be issued in the current format, even after the pilot begins.
However, in order to implement the pilot project, the Office has modified its policy with respect to which applications will be included in the project. The Office's policy is as follows:
4. Transition Period
Certificates in the new format will be produced only for applications included in the pilot project, and processing in the pilot will be gradually phased-in to cover more and more applications for motion pictures and other class PA audiovisual works. While the start date for the pilot is February 14, 2005, some applications will be included in the pilot which were received before that date. Also, some applications received on or after the start date will be processed under the old procedures, and will be issued certificates which are a copy of the application.
Dated: February 17, 2005.
David O. Carson,