Updates


March 15, 2019 Release


New Group Registration Option for Unpublished Works


The U.S. Copyright Office recently issued a final rule that establishes a new group registration option for unpublished works (“GRUW”). Beginning March 15, 2019, this option may be used to register up to 10 unpublished works with one application and one filing fee. An exception will be made for eligible sound recordings and the underlying musical compositions, dramatic works, or literary works embodied in the recordings, bringing that to a maximum of twenty (ten sound recordings + ten recorded works). To use this option, applicants must submit the online application specifically designed for a “Group of Unpublished Works” and upload a digital copy of each work.


More information about the requirements for this group registration option may be found here. In addition, the Copyright Office will release a video tutorial, which will provide step-by-step instructions for completing the new application.


Unpublished Collections Eliminated


If an applicant attempts to use the Standard Application or a paper application to register a collection of unpublished works, the Office may refuse the claim and instruct the applicant to submit a new application using the appropriate application for a “Group of Unpublished Works,” along with a new filing fee and a new deposit.


Important Note for Photographers


Photographers may register up to 750 photos with one application and one filing fee. But to do so, you must use the online application designated for “Unpublished Photographs” or “Published Photographs” (rather than the online application for a “Group of Unpublished Works”), and you must submit a digital copy of each photo in JPEG, GIF, or TIFF format.


The final rule also amended the deposit requirements for group photograph claims. It clarifies that the Office will accept digital files, even if the applicant includes punctuation symbols in the file name for each photo.


In the past, the Office was concerned that punctuation in the file name might cause a technical error that could prevent the Office from opening the files. Since then, the Office has confirmed that punctuation should not cause this type of problem.


More information about this amendment may be found here. In addition, the Copyright Office has released video tutorials for GRPPH and GRUPH, which provide step-by-step instructions for completing these applications.


February 18, 2019 Release

The U.S. Copyright Office updated the online application for registering a group of newspaper issues. Specifically, the Office removed the automated validation that prevented publishers from submitting issues that were more than three months old. Beginning February 18, 2019, publishers will be allowed to submit group newspaper claims, regardless of when their issues were published.


In the past, publishers were required to submit an online application and an appropriate deposit, and they had to submit their claim within three months after the publication of the earliest issue in the group. This deadline was intended to benefit the Library of Congress by ensuring that newspaper issues could be added to its collections and made available to its patrons in a timely manner.


Many publishers were unable to submit their claims before the three-month deadline expired. To address these concerns, the Office eliminated the three-month filing requirement and made corresponding changes to the electronic system. This should give publishers more flexibility, and allow them to register issues that otherwise would be ineligible for group registration.


More information about this update may be found here. In addition, the Copyright Office has prepared a video tutorial that provides step-by-step instructions on how to complete the online application and upload digital copies. The help text that accompanies the online application also provides answers to frequently asked questions.


December 30, 2018 Release

The U.S. Copyright Office updated the online application for registering a group of newsletter issues.


In the past, newsletter publishers were expected to submit their claims within three months after the publication of the most recent issue in the group. This deadline was intended to benefit the Library of Congress by ensuring that newsletter issues could be added to its collections in a timely manner.


On December 30, 2018 the Office removed the automated validation that prevented publishers from submitting issues that were more than 90 days old. Publishers may now submit group newsletter claims, regardless of when their issues were published. This should give publishers more flexibility, and allow them to register issues that otherwise would be ineligible for group registration.


More information about this update may be found here.