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Issue 242 - December 28, 2004  

Final Rule Concerning Reconsideration Published

The Copyright Office is publishing a final rule concerning procedures for reconsideration of refusal to register. With a few modifications, this regulation continues procedures adopted by the Copyright Office in 1995 that permit copyright registration applicants to request reconsideration of decisions to refuse registration. This regulation amends those procedures and incorporates them into Copyright Office regulations. Copyright registration applicants will continue to have two opportunities to seek reconsideration of a Copyright Office decision to refuse registration. Significant modifications are that the reconsideration procedures are also made applicable to the Office's refusals to register mask works and vessel hull designs and the composition of the Review Board is changing. This rule also establishes procedures for mailing or hand delivering requests for reconsideration and related documents. For further information, click here.


Jan. 1 Effective date of cost of living adjustment in royalty rates for 17 U.S.C. 118 compulsory license (html) (pdf)
Jan. 1 Claims to 2004 DART royalty funds may be filed online through the Copyright Office website beginning on this date (html) (pdf)
Jan. 10 Effective date of new hours of public access to the Records Maintenance Unit of the Copyright Office (html) (pdf)
Jan. 27 Effective date of final rule concerning reconsideration procedures (html) (pdf)
Feb. 28 Claims to the 2004 DART royalty funds must be received in the Copyright Office by 5 p.m. on this date (html) (pdf)
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