U.S. Copyright Office
Library of Congress
Home About News Publications Forms Law Licensing Registration Search Records

Issue 401 - October 29, 2010   

Copyright Office Initiates Study and Requests Comments on Federal Copyright Protection for Pre-1972 Sound Recordings

The Copyright Office is publishing a Federal Register notice requesting written comments from all interested parties on the desirability and means of bringing sound recordings fixed before February 15, 1972, under federal jurisdiction. Unlike sound recordings created on or after February 15, 1972, which are protected by federal copyright law, these earlier sound recordings currently are protected under a patchwork of state statutory and common laws from their date of creation until 2067. The Office seeks these comments to assist it in conducting a study on pre-1972 sound recordings at the direction of Congress. Specifically, the Office seeks comments on the likely effect of federal protection upon preservation of and public access to pre-1972 sound recordings and the effect upon the economic interests of rights holders. The Office also seeks comments on how the incorporation of pre-1972 sound recordings into federal law might best be achieved. The notice of inquiry is now available at www.copyright.gov/docs/sound. It will be published in the Federal Register on or about Wednesday, November 3. The deadline for comments, which will be published in the Federal Register notice, will be on or about December 20, and reply comments will be due 30 days later.


November 3, 2010

Due date for comments on refunds under the cable statutory license

November 22, 2010

Due date for comments on proposed changes to regulations governing deposit accounts

December 3, 2010 Due date for reply comments on refunds under the cable statutory
Mailing List

NewsNet is a free electronic newsletter that alerts subscribers to hearings, deadlines for comments, new and proposed regulations, new publications, and other copyright-related subjects. Subscriptions are offered in four topic areas:

  • What's New at the Copyright Office: general copyright-related news and additions to our website
  • eService updates
  • Licensing: updates on regulations and procedures for compulsory and statutory licenses
  • Legislative Developments: alerts on copyright-related bills introduced in Congress or enacted into law.

Subscribe to NewsNet

NewsNet Archives
2010 | 2009 | 2008 | 2007
2006 | 2005 |
2004 | 2003
2002 | 2001 | 1999 | 1998

    Read our press releases.