Copyright Office Proposes to Amend Termination Regulations; Requests Comments
Issue No. 403 - November 23, 2010

The Copyright Office is proposing to amend its regulations governing notices of termination of certain grants of transfers and licenses of copyright under section 203 of the Copyright Act of 1976. The amendments are intended to clarify the recordation practices of the Copyright Office regarding the content of section 203 notices of termination and the timeliness of their service and recordation, including a clarification that the Office will accept for recordation under section 203 a notice of termination of a grant agreed to before January 1, 1978, as long as the work that is the subject of the grant was not created before 1978. Whether such notices of termination fall within the scope of section 203 will ultimately be a matter to be resolved by the courts.

The notice will be published in the Federal Register on November 26, 2010. It is available now on the Copyright Office website at Comments are due on or before December 27, 2010. A comment page containing a comment form is posted on the Copyright Office web site at All comments will be posted publicly on the Copyright Office website.