Deferred Registration Examination Study

The Copyright Office is undertaking a public study to evaluate the merits of providing an option to defer its examination of copyright registration application materials until examination is later requested by the applicant. The Office expects to examine the feasibility, benefits, drawbacks, costs, and mechanics of creating a deferred examination option, including any potential impacts to the registration system, the public records maintained by the Office, and the ability of the Library of Congress to maintain and grow its collections.

On December 10, 2021, the Office issued a notice of inquiry seeking public comments, which were due on January 24, 2022.