Copyright Office Further Extends Timing Adjustments for Persons Affected by the COVID-19 Emergency

Issue No. 932 - November 5, 2021

The Copyright Office is further extending temporary adjustments to certain timing provisions under the Copyright Act for persons affected by the COVID-19 national emergency. The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act authorizes the Register of Copyrights to temporarily adjust statutory deadlines for copyright owners and other affected parties if she determines that a national emergency declared by the President is generally disrupting the normal operation of the copyright system. Under this authority, the Copyright Office previously announced adjustments relating to certain registration claims and notices of termination.

These emergency modifications previously were set to continue through November 7, 2021. In light of the ongoing national emergency, however, the Register is extending these modifications through December 31, 2021. The Register’s authority under the CARES Act expires after that date, and therefore these adjustments will not be extended further. For additional information, please visit the Office’s Coronavirus page.

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