U.S. Copyright Office

May 5, 2000
Issue 90
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Federal Register

Office Proposes Regulations for Group Registration of Published Photographs (65 FR 26162)

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 In addition, the Copyright Office also proposes to liberalize the deposit requirements for groups of unpublished photographs registered as unpublished collections.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.

Change in Time of Hearing on Exemption to Prohibition against Circumvention of Technological Access Control (65 FR 25894)

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.


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