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Upcoming Copyright Office public events
- Copyright Office to Hold Concluding Plenary Session for Consultations on Technical Measures | September 22
- Copyright Office Announces Open Application Period for Ringer Fellowship | August 15
- U.S. Copyright Office Concludes Study on Deferred Registration Examination | August 1
- Copyright Office Expands Recordation System Access to the Public | August 1
- U.S. Copyright Office Releases New Resource for Registering Non-Photographic Databases | July 28
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The Music Modernization Act
This featured video highlights The Orrin G. Hatch-Bob Goodlatte Music Modernization Act (Music Modernization Act) the most significant piece of copyright legislation in decades and updates our current laws to reflect modern consumer preferences and technological developments in the music marketplace.