Revision History

The most recent version of the Compendium was released on September 29, 2017. In preparing this update, the U.S. Copyright Office conducted a comprehensive review of all chapters. Revisions to the registration chapters clarify how and when the Office communicates with applicants and how it handles duplicate claims, deposit requirements, and claims involving multiple works. It also provides preliminary guidance for claims involving useful articles based on the Supreme Court’s recent decision in Star Athletica v. Varsity Brands. Revisions to the recordation chapter provide additional information on the Office’s new electronic system for the designation of agents.

The revisions address changes in post-registration procedures, including new rules on supplementary registration, the “mailbox rule” for requests for reconsideration, and new procedures for removing personally identifiable information. It incorporates changes made to the regulation governing the group registration option for contributions to periodicals (“GRCP”) and a number of technical amendments to the Office’s regulations.

The Office initially released this version in draft form, and it received comments on the draft from three organizations and four individuals. After carefully reviewing these comments, the Office revised twenty-one sections of the Compendium. For information concerning these revisions, read more.

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 redlines, which provide a direct comparison between the current version and the 2014 version of the Compendium. The public draft released on June 1, 2017, may be accessed here.

Download Revision History Download Redlines Download June 1, 2017, Public Draft Federal Register Notices