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Issue 278 -October 21, 2005  

Copyright Office Issues Interim Regulations on Preregistration

The Copyright Office has issued interim regulations governing preregistration of works being prepared for commercial distribution. Preregistration will be available, by means of applications made online on the Copyright Office website, www.copyright.gov, commencing November 15. The Register of Copyrights has determined that preregistration will be available for the following classes of works: motion pictures, sound recordings, musical compositions, literary works being prepared for publication in book form, computer programs (including videogames), and advertising or marketing photographs. To be eligible for preregistration, a work must be in one of these classes and applicant must certify that the work is being prepared for commercial distribution and that he or she has a reasonable expectation that the work will be commercially distributed to the public. (Read further information.)


November 15 Preregistration will be available, by means of applications made online on the Copyright Office website
December 1 Due date for comments on 1201(a)(1) rulemaking (more)
February 2, 2006 Due date for reply comments on 1201(a)(1) rulemaking (more)
March 1 Due date for payment of cable royalties for the accounting period beginning on July 1, 2005, and ending on December 31, 2005 (more)
March 29 and 31,
and April 3 and 4, 2006  
Tentative dates for Washington, D.C., hearings on 1201(a)(1) rulemaking (more)
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