Copyright Claims Board: Initiation of Proceedings and Related Procedures

The U.S. Copyright Office is proposing procedures for initiating proceedings, service, opting out, and filing a response and any counterclaims before the Copyright Claims Board (CCB), as directed by the Copyright Alternative in Small-Claims Enforcement (CASE) Act of 2020.

The CASE Act directs the Register to establish regulations for all stages of a proceeding before the CCB. The proposed rule includes procedures for the initial stages of the proceeding, including the following:

  • Filing an initial claim,
  • Compliance review by a copyright claims attorney,
  • Service and waiver of service,
  • CCB issuance of a second notice,
  • Opting out, and
  • Filing a response and any counterclaims.

The proposed rule also establishes requirements regarding the directory for designated service agents.

Initial comments in response to the proposed rule were due no later than November 30, 2021. Reply comments were due no later than December 15, 2021.