July 23, 2014

U.S. Copyright Office Publishes Final Rule Re: Registration of Automated Databases Predominantly Consisting of Photographs

From the Summary (via Federal Register): The Copyright Office is amending its regulations governing the deposit requirements for applications for automated databases that consist predominantly of photographs. The amendments require that, in addition to providing material related to claimed compilation authorship, the deposits for such databases include the image of each photograph in which copyright […]

U.S. Copyright Office Posts Requests for Information About Crowdsourcing and Developing a “Virtual Card Catalog” of Historical Records

The U.S. Copyright Office (part of The Library of Congress) has posted TWO Requests For Information (RFI) . The first is RFI is to learn about utilizing crowdsourcing to capture data from historical catalog cards dating from 1870 to 1977. The second RFI is to learn about purchasing or developing software for a  “virtual card catalog” […]

Librarian of Congress Names New Chief Copyright Royalty Judge

From a LC News Release: Librarian of Congress James H. Billington today [recently] announced his selection of Suzanne M. Barnett as the new chief copyright royalty judge and head of the Copyright Royalty Board. Barnett is a superior court judge of King County in Seattle, Washington. She was first elected to the court in 1996. […]

U.S. Copyright Office: "A Virtual Copyright Card Catalog? Tell Us What You Think"

From the Copyright Matters Blog: Of the 25,723 drawers in the Copyright Card Catalog, more than 12,000 have already been scanned resulting in more than 17 million card images safely tucked away in Library storage.  The long term plan is to capture index terms from the card images using OCR and keyboarding and to build […]

BNA: "Copyright Office Report Urges Congress To Federalize Rights in Pre-1972 Recordings"

From BNA’s Patent, Trademark & Copyright Law Daily: Congress should enact legislation to bring rights surrounding sound recordings made before 1972 under the aegis of the federal copyright law, according to a lengthy report issued at year’s end by the Copyright Office. Federalization of pre-1972 sound recordings would “improve the certainty and consistency of copyright, […]

Register of Copyrights Names Associate Register for Policy and International Affairs

From an LC Announcement: Register of Copyrights Maria A. Pallante has named Michele Woods to the position of Associate Register for Policy and International Affairs. The appointment was effective on October 23, 2011. Woods has extensive experience in both domestic and international copyright policy, including through prior positions with the U.S. Copyright Office. She has […]

New: Director of U.S. Copyright Office Announces Priorities, Special Projects for Next Two Years

From a Summary: Register of Copyrights Maria A. Pallante today made public her office’s priorities and special projects through October, 2013. The paper articulates 17 priorities in the areas of copyright policy and administrative practice, as well as 10 new projects designed to improve the quality and efficiency of the U.S. Copyright Office’s services in […]

Copyright: Today is World Intellectual Property Day + Notable Dates in U.S. Copyright History

In a Note on the Copyright.gov Web Site, Maria A. Pallante, Acting Register of Copyrights, Writes: Copyright markets are fundamentally important to the economy. The core copyright industries constitute 6.4 percent of the U.S. gross domestic product, contributing nearly $890 billion to the overall economy. These industries help stimulate overall economic growth, employ millions of […]