[Federal Register: December 2, 1997 (Volume 62, Number 231)]
[Rules and Regulations]               
[Page 63657]


Copyright Office

37 CFR Part 202

[Docket No. 97-6]

Registration of Claims to Copyright: Group Registration of 

AGENCY: Copyright Office, Library of Congress.

ACTION: Final rule; policy announcement.


SUMMARY: This announcement notifies the public of an amendment that 
slightly modifies the administrative procedures for qualifying to use 
the group registration of serials option. Under the amendment, the 
letter currently addressed to the General Counsel's Office should 
instead be addressed to ``Group Periodicals Registration.''

EFFECTIVE DATE: December 2, 1997.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Marilyn Kretsinger, Assistant General 
Counsel, Copyright GC/I&R, P.O. Box 70400, Southwest Station, 
Washington, D.C. 20024. Telephone: (202) 707-8380. Telefax: (202) 707-

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: In 1990, the Copyright Office adopted a new 
registration procedure which permitted group registration of serial 
publications under certain conditions. 55 FR 50556 (1990). This 
procedure is part of the regulations of the Copyright Office at 37 CFR 
Chap. II, Secs. 202.3(b)(5) and 202.20(c)(2)(xvii). The primary 
requirement for an applicant to become eligible to use the group 
registration procedure is for the applicant to establish two 
complimentary subscriptions of the individual serial title for the 
Library of Congress. In order to encourage compliance, the regulations 
required that the applicant submit a letter to the General Counsel's 
Office, stating that the complimentary subscriptions had been entered.
    In administering the group registration procedure, the letter 
submitted has been addressed to the General Counsel's Office. In the 
future this letter should be addressed to: Library of Congress, ``Group 
Periodicals Registration,'' Washington, D.C. 20540-4161. In the future, 
the Copyright Acquisitions Division, will maintain the file of these 
letters relating to group registration of serials. Questions or 
requests for information relating to deposits for group registration of 
serials should be directed to the Chief of the Copyright Acquisitions 
Division (202) 707-7125. All other conditions relating to this 
procedure will continue without modification.

List of Subjects in 37 CFR Part 202

    Registration of claims to copyright, Claims to copyright, Copyright 

Final Regulations

    In consideration of the foregoing, the Copyright Office is amending 
part 202 of 37 CFR, chapter II in the manner set forth below.


    1. The authority citation for part 202 continues to read as 

    Authority: 17 U.S.C. 702.

    2. The second sentence of Sec. 202.3(b)(5)(ii) is revised to read 
as follows:

Sec. 202.3  Registration of copyright.

* * * * *
    (b) * * *
    (5) * * *
    (ii) * * * The letter should be sent to Library of Congress,`Group 
Periodicals Registration,' Washington, D.C. 20540-4161.
* * * * *
    Dated: November 26, 1997.
Marilyn J. Kretsinger,
Assistant General Counsel.