May 20, 2022

Reference: U.S. Copyright Office Begins Release of Refreshed and Updated Circulars

From the USCO/Library of Congress:

The U.S. Copyright Office today begins its release of refreshed and updated circulars to provide up-to-date and authoritative copyright information for a broad general audience.

This release of 31 circulars represents a wide range of topics including copyright fundamentals, core Office procedures, Licensing Division practices, and work-specific application tips

Remaining circulars will be released on a rolling basis through the end of 2017.

From the Library of Congress Copyright Blog:

2017-09-22_11-06-25The updated circulars are available here, and a table of topics can be found here.

All circulars share a few of the same design elements to help you decide whether a particular circular is right for you:

  • On the left-hand side, we’ve provided a brief overview of the circular’s contents. You can scan this list for a preview of what’s inside, and determine whether to read on.
  • In the top right hand corner, we have the circular number. Just a quick glance will let you know if you’re in the right place
  • There’s one footnote that provides the authoritative sources of copyright law and Office practices and procedures. While circulars are authoritative resources for copyright information, it’s always best to turn to the copyright lawregulations, or Compendium of U.S. Copyright Office Practices for a citation and the full details.

Each circular released this week reflects these design changes.


The updated circulars are available here, and a table of topics can be found here.

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