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U.S. Copyright Office Updates about Updating

The U.S. Copyright Office has undergone massive changes over the past few years in their efforts to catch up with technological advancements and to be more efficient in the handling of registrations, recorded documents, and other filings.

Currently, the Copyright Office is transitioning its recordation system from the age-old paper method to a digital platform.  On April 27, 2020, the office launched a pilot program for the new electronic recordation system.  On December 1, 2020, the Copyright Office will offer another in a series of webinars that will discuss the pilot program for recordation and what the new features in this system will be.  The panelists will be available for questions from the viewers.  Interested parties may register for the webinar here:  https://www.copyright.gov/newsnet/2020/863.html

The recorded document process is a means to keep a public record of primarily of transfers of copyright ownership, encumbrances on copyrights (such as mortgages and financing agreements), statements of death of an author, and to record other documents that affect title to copyright.

The upcoming webinar is a follow-up to the one held on September 26, 2019 about the recordation process.  The Copyright Office has been hosting webinars on its modernization efforts since January 2019.  One can view past webinars and presentation slides at www.copyright.gov.

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Ramona P. DeSalvo