May 26, 2022

U.S. Copyright Office Publishes and Releases “Compendium of U.S. Copyright Office Practices, Third Edition Online

Note: infoDOCKET published an item on August 20, 2014 announcing the release of a DRAFT version of this document. What’s being announced today is the release of the official third ed. of the compendium.

From U.S. Copyright Office (via Federal Register):

The Compendium of U.S. Copyright Office Practices is the administrative manual of the Register of Copyrights concerning the mandate and statutory duties of the Copyright Office under title 17 of the United States Code. It serves as both a technical manual for the Office’s staff, as well as a guidebook for authors, copyright licensees, practitioners,scholars, the courts, and members of the general public.

[Our emphasis] The first major revision in more than two decades, the Third Edition is a comprehensive overhaul that makes the practices and standards of the Office more accessible and transparent to the public and sets the stage for a number of long-term improvements in registration and recordation policy.

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