U.S. Copyright Office Releases Application Cards in the Copyright Public Records System Pilot, Initial Release Provides Access to Over 240,000 Records
Two years after the introduction of the Copyright Public Records System (CPRS) pilot, the U.S. Copyright Office is proud to announce an initial release of over 240,000 application card records from the Historical Public Records (HPR) Copyright Card Catalog into the CPRS. These records come from the 1938–1945 period when applications for copyright were submitted on card stock and filed in the card catalog. These records include metadata from the cards, as well as the digitized card images. Records are searchable by registration number, title, author, claimant, and publisher. They are also sortable and filterable by date. As the Office continues its modernization journey, more records will be added on a regular basis.
Making these records more easily searchable online supports the Office’s goals of copyright for all and continuous development in making copyright records more available to the public. Other projects underway that support this goal include the online HPR Copyright Historical Records Books.
The public can access the new CPRS pilot at publicrecords.copyright.gov and provide feedback on their experience using the feedback link at the bottom of the page. For any questions or other comments, please email email@example.com.
About Gary Price
Gary Price (firstname.lastname@example.org) is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. He earned his MLIS degree from Wayne State University in Detroit. Price has won several awards including the SLA Innovations in Technology Award and Alumnus of the Year from the Wayne St. University Library and Information Science Program. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at Ask.com.