Copyright Office Releases Modified Provisional IT Modification Plan
Issue No. 677 - September 5, 2017

The U.S. Copyright Office today released a report entitled Modified U.S. Copyright Office Provisional IT Modernization Plan: Analysis of Shared Services, Support Requirements, and Modernization Efforts, in response to a request by the House Committee on Appropriations.

The Modified IT Plan updates the Office’s 2016 report, Provisional Information Technology Modernization Plan and Cost Analysis, to take into account a shared services model under which IT governance and management services for Copyright Office IT modernization are provided by the Library of Congress’s Office of the Chief Information Officer. The Modified IT Plan maintains the Office’s focus on creating an IT system that is robust and flexible enough to facilitate the work of Copyright Office not only as it exists now, but also as it may be in the future. The Modified IT Plan further describes the progress that has been made on Copyright Office IT modernization to date and sets forth anticipated milestones and timelines for further work on this important task.

Finally, the Modified IT Plan discusses potential funding strategies for Copyright Office IT modernization, reiterating the Office’s belief in the importance of increased flexibility for the Office in the collection and application of fees, including potential adoption of innovative fee strategies such as subscription fees, differential fees, or additional fees for high-volume access to improved and modernized data.