[Federal Register: April 29, 1998 (Volume 63, Number 82)]
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Copyright Office
[Docket No. 98-3]

Change in Procedure for Recording Certain Multiple Title 

AGENCY: Copyright Office, Library of Congress.

ACTION: Notice of policy decision.


SUMMARY: The Copyright Office of the Library of Congress issues this 
policy decision changing the recordation procedure for a narrow 
category of multiple title documents. The change will be incorporated 
in a revised Chapter 1600 of the Compendium of Copyright Office 
Practices, ``Recordation of Transfer and Other Documents Pertaining to 
a Copyright,'' to be made available on-line on the Copyright Office 
Website on July 1, 1998.

EFFECTIVE DATE: July 1, 1998.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Kent Dunlap, Principal Legal Advisor 
Copyright, GC/I&R, P.O. Box 70400, Southwest Station, Washington, D.C. 
20024. Telephone (202) 707-8380. Telefax: (202) 707-8366.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Currently, titles that are repeated in 
documents submitted for recordation are indexed as a single ``title'' 
and are counted as a single title. Similarly, titles that are repeated 
and followed by consecutive issues, volumes, chapters or installments 
are counted and indexed as a single title, even when different 
registration numbers or dates are listed. For index purposes, the title 
is followed by a notation such as ``vol. 1, no. 1-12''.
    Under the changed practice, titles that are repeated in documents 
will continue to be counted as a single title, except where the 
document lists different issues, volumes, chapters, or installments 
following the title. Each such entry will be regarded as a separate 
title, and will be indexed separately and counted separately for 
purposes of computing the recordation fee.
    The Office believes that this change will facilitate the search for 
individual issues or volumes in the Copyright Office records, and that 
the new method of assessing the fee will more accurately

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reflect the additional work involved in separately indexing each entry.

Policy Decision

    The Copyright Office's recordation procedure set out in 
Sec. 1615.07 of Chapter 1600 of the Compendium is amended to read as 

    Single and multiple titles distinguished. A single title that is 
repeated is counted as a single ``title'' for the purpose of 
computing the fee. However, when multiple issues or numbers of a 
serial, or different chapters or installments are contained in a 
document, each will be indexed and therefore each is considered to 
be an individual title for which a separate fee is charged.

    Dated: April 23, 1998.
Marybeth Peters,
Register of Copyrights.
[FR Doc. 98-11373 Filed 4-28-98; 8:45 am]