The Copyright Office Adopts a Final Rule to Streamline Its Recordation Practices
Issue No. 557 - September 17, 2014


While the Copyright Office continues to develop its strategy for modernizing and improving recordation services via a comprehensive reengineering, the Office has recognized that there could be immediate benefits if certain process changes were made in the interim. To this end, the Office is adopting a final rule that encourages remitters to include a cover sheet with the documents they submit to the Office; allows remitters to submit long title lists in electronic format; allows remitters to submit corrections to those title lists using a new correction procedure; and provides remitters with the option of requesting return receipts that acknowledge that the Office has received a submission. The Federal Register notice describing the final rule is available at http://www.copyright.gov/rulemaking/recordation-practices. This rule will become effective October 17, 2014 .

 

In a separate notice of proposed rulemaking published in the Federal Register today, the Office seeks to establish a new fee for the correction procedure referenced above at a rate of seven dollars per corrected title. The notice of proposed rulemaking is available at http://copyright.gov/rulemaking/etitle-fees/. The Office invites public comment on the proposed rule through the aforementioned web address. Written comments are due on or before October 17, 2014.