U.S. Copyright Office Issues a Final Rule Related to Copyright Claims Board Procedures, District Court Referrals, and Law Student Representation

Issue No. 1014 - July 31, 2023

The Copyright Office has issued a final rule regarding Copyright Claims Board (CCB) procedures governing district court referrals, proof of service forms, default proceedings, and the appearance of law student representatives before the CCB. This rule finalizes the text of an interim final rule published on December 19, 2022, without change.

The final rule allows the CCB to modify or suspend certain inapplicable or unnecessary procedural rules for claims referred by a district court. The amendments also allow the CCB to accept alternative proof of service forms, clarify the rules governing default proceedings and law student representation, and make minor technical corrections.

The final rule is available here.