Public Draft for the Compendium of U.S. Copyright Office Practices

Acting Register Karyn Temple Claggett has released a revised draft of the Compendium of U.S. Copyright Office Practices, Third Edition. This draft is the first update to the Compendium since it was released in December 2014.

The December 22, 2014 version of the Compendium remains in effect until the Office considers the public comments received and releases the final version of this draft.

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The Office has prepared a complete list of the sections that have been added, amended, revised, or removed in this release. In addition, the Office has prepared a set of “release notes,” that provide a brief summary of the substantive revisions that are included in this revision, and redlines, which provide a direct comparison between the current and revised text. Read more.

The Office makes available archived versions of the Compendium, which were released by the Office from 1967 onwards. Read more


Chapter 900:
Visual Art Works

Chapter 1200:
Mask Works

Chapter 1300:
Vessel Designs

Chapter 1500:

Chapter 1600:

Chapter 1700:
Administrative Appeals

Chapter 1900:

Chapter 2100:
Renewal Registration

Chapter 2200:
Notice of Copyright

Chapter 2300: