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Upcoming Copyright Office public events
- U.S. Copyright Office Issues a Supplemental Interim Rule Related to the Music Modernization Act Reports of Usage and Payment | May 24
- Copyright Office Issues Final Rule for Active Proceedings and Post-Determination Procedures | May 17
- Updates to List of Acceptable File Types | May 10
- Miriam DeChant Named Associate Register of Copyrights and Director of Public Information and Education | May 10
- U.S. Copyright Office Assigning New Deposit Account Numbers to Existing Account Holders | May 9
- Copyright Office Announces Request for Information on the Development and Use of Standard Technical Measures | April 27
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The Music Modernization Act
This featured video highlights The Orrin G. Hatch-Bob Goodlatte Music Modernization Act (Music Modernization Act) the most significant piece of copyright legislation in decades and updates our current laws to reflect modern consumer preferences and technological developments in the music marketplace.