U.S. Copyright Office Outlines “Priorities and Special Projects”

U.S. Copyright Office Outlines “Priorities and Special Projects” 

Orphan works, preservation for libraries, mass digitization, and fighting digital piracy are among the priorities set by the Register of Copyrights Maria A. Pallante this week in a paper outlining the U.S. Copyyright Office’s “priorities and special projects” for the next two years. In all, the paper articulates 17 priorities in the areas of copyright policy and administrative practice, and 10 “new projects” designed to “improve the quality and efficiency” of the U.S. Copyright Office’s services in the 21st century. The paper also summarizes the  state of global policy, includingU.S.trade negotiations, anti-piracy efforts and international discussions of exceptions and limitations.


In addition to the broader, thornier issues, many of which require acts of Congress to address, Pallante notes that the “administrative practice” of the Copyright Office will also be particularly active during the next two years, including new rulemaking for the Digital Millennium Copyright Act’s anti-circumvention clause, as well as “regulatory issues” affecting the “copyrightability and registration” of web sites and other forms of digital authorship.

Source: Publishers Weekly

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