Copyright Office Proposes Rule to Simplify Deposit Requirements for Certain Literary Works and Musical Compositions
Issue No. 675 - August 16, 2017

The United States Copyright Office is proposing to amend the regulations governing the deposit requirements for certain types of published literary works and musical compositions to require the deposit of a single copy rather than two copies. The proposed rule will apply to certain literary monographs (as defined in the rule) and musical compositions published in print formats. Additionally, the proposed rule clarifies the deposit requirements for musical compositions published both in print and phonorecord formats to require the submission of the print version for purposes of copyright registration.

These changes will improve the efficiency of registration and mandatory deposit for both the Office and copyright owners alike while continuing to make these works available to the Library of Congress when needed for use in its collections or other disposition.

The notice of proposed rulemaking and instructions on how to submit a comment are available here. Written comments must be received no later than October 2, 2017, at 11:59 p.m. Eastern time.