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Issue 430 - July 13, 2011 

Copyright Office Announces Technical Amendment

The Copyright Office is making an amendment to its regulations by removing Part 251, Code of Federal Regulations, “Copyright Arbitration Royalty Panel Rules and Procedures.” In 2004, Congress replaced the Copyright Arbitration Royalty Panels with three Copyright Royalty Judges, who operate under separate regulations. The Office, however, had retained its regulations after this transition in order to complete open proceedings and as a historical reference for those determinations that had been decided under the CARP system and had been appealed. Removal of these regulations is thus an administrative task taken to remove regulations that have not been needed for a while.  (Read more.)


July 13, 2011 Effective date of technical amendment to 37 CFR Part 251
July 1, 2012 Effective date of expiration for suspension of special handling fee for registration claims that have been pending for at least six months.


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