The Copyright Office is proposing regulations to facilitate group registration of published photographs. These proposed regulations differ significantly from regulations proposed earlier in this rulemaking proceeding. The new proposed regulations (1) require the deposit for registration purposes of the actual photographic images rather than merely written identifying descriptions, but would permit deposit of the images in a number of formats, and (2) apply only to published photographs. The option for group registration of photographs is available only for registration of works by an individual photographer that are published within one calendar year. In addition, the Copyright Office also proposes to liberalize the deposit requirements for groups of unpublished photographs registered as unpublished collections. The Office is seeking comments only on these proposals. Written comments are due by June 19.
The change in the time of the Stanford, Calif., public hearing on the possible exemptions to the prohibition against circumvention of technological measures that control access to copyrighted works has been announced in the Federal Register. The hearing on May 18, 2000, is scheduled to begin at 2:00 p.m. rather than 9:30 a.m. The May 19, 2000, hearing will take place from 9:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. A schedule for the hearings is available on the Office's Website at http://www.copyright.gov/1201/hearing.html
The hearings in Washington scheduled for May 2, 3, and 4 have concluded. Some of the witnesses have provided written versions of their testimony. These are available at http://www.copyright.gov/1201/hearings
For the complete text of Federal Register announcements, visit the Copyright Office Website at www.copyright.gov/fedreg.
May 10: End of 30-day negotiation period on adjustment of cable statutory license royalty rates (65 FR 10564)
May 11: Due date for reply comments on rulemaking to determine the scope and application of the definition of a network station under the cable statutory license (65 FR 6946)
May 11: Written notification of status of settlement negotiations due in Copyright Office (65 FR 10564)
May 18-19: Public hearings at Stanford University on the 1201(1)(a) rulemaking on exemption to prohibition on circumvention of copyright protection systems for access control technologies (64 FR 66139; 65 FR 6573). Hearings held at 2:00 p.m. the first day and at 9:30 a.m. the second day at Stanford University in Room 290, Stanford Law School, Crown Quadrangle, Stanford, California (65 FR 6573; 65 FR 14505)
June 19: Due date for comments on regulations for group registration of published photographs (65 FR 26162)
July 1: Initiation of 60-day period to file petitions for an arbitration proceeding to set the rates and terms for compulsory licenses under 17 U.S.C. 112(e) and 114(f) for the 2-year period beginning Jan. 1, 2001 (65 FR 2194)
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