U.S. Copyright Office Releases Updated Version of the Compendium of U.S. Copyright Office Practices, Third Edition
Issue No. 872 - January 14, 2021

Register of Copyrights Shira Perlmutter today released an updated version of the Compendium of U.S. Copyright Office Practices, Third Edition. It is available on the Office’s website at https://www.copyright.gov/comp3/. This update is effective as of January 28, 2021, and it is the governing administrative manual for registrations and recordations issued by the U.S. Copyright Office on or after that date.

The Compendium is the administrative manual of the Register of Copyrights concerning the mandate and statutory duties of the Copyright Office under Title 17 of the United States Code. See 37 CFR. § 201.2(b)(7).

This update was initially released in draft form on March 15, 2019. The Office received comments on the draft from eleven organizations and seven individuals. After carefully reviewing these comments, the Office revised 953 sections of the Compendium as part of this release: 277 of those sections were modified since the release of the public draft and 87 of those sections were modified in response to the public comments. For information concerning these revisions, read more. A complete list of all sections that have been added, amended, revised, or removed is posted on the Office’s website.