||Issue 209 - November 7, 2003
COPYRIGHT OFFICE AND PATENT AND TRADEMARK OFFICE DELIVER REPORT TO CONGRESS
The Copyright Office and the Patent and Trademark Office delivered a report, "The Vessel Hull Design Protection Act: Overview and Analysis," to Congress on November 3. Congress directed the Register of Copyrights and the Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property/Director of the United States Patent and Trademark Office to conduct a study and report to Congress on the effectiveness of the Vessel Hull Design Protection Act (VHDPA), enacted in 1998, which created sui generis protection for original designs of water craft hulls and decks. The study is available here.
COPYRIGHT OFFICE WEBSITE PROVIDES SPANISH TRANSLATIONS OF COPYRIGHT INFORMATION
The Copyright Office of the Library of Congress launched a Spanish language addition to its website to make information easily accessible to the Spanish speaking public. Spanish language information includes the Copyright Office's most popular information booklet, "Circular 1; Fundamentos del derecho de autor," as well as 60 "Frequently Asked Questions," eight fact sheets that provide information on various aspects of copyright registration, and detailed instructions on filling out the most popular copyright registration forms that are available to the public on the website.
The interactive fill-in registration forms are available in PDF format. Although the forms still appear in English, the website directly links the Spanish instructions to each space of the forms making it much easier for those who speak Spanish to complete. The forms may be filled out online and then printed and mailed to the Copyright Office.
To view and use the Spanish language addition to our website, click here.
FINAL RULE ISSUED IN ANTICIRCUMVENTION RULEMAKING
The regulation implementing the Librarian of Congress' determination in the anticircumvention rulemaking, discussed in NewsNet Issue 208, was published in the Federal Register on October 31. The Federal Register version is available on our website in pdf format and html format.
||Due date for initial comments on webcasting notice and recordkeeping for past performances 68 FR 58054 (html) (pdf)
||Due date for reply comments on webcasting notice and recordkeeping for past performances. 68 FR 58054 (html) (pdf)
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