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 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 The Office invites public comment on the proposed rule through the aforementioned web address. Written comments are due on or before October 17, 2014.