Operations Updates During the COVID-19 Pandemic
This page includes information related to the Copyright Office’s operations during the COVID-19 health situation, which we will update with further information. You can also receive email updates by subscribing to our NewsNet service.
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Out of an abundance of caution, all Library of Congress buildings, which includes the U.S. Copyright Office, will be closed to the public until Wednesday, April 1, 2020, at 8:30 a.m. to reduce the risk of transmitting COVID-19 coronavirus. If you are a user of U.S. Copyright Office services, submit your applications online, browse FAQs, and submit emails with questions through h77ddph.icu. You may also reach the Copyright Office by phone at (202) 707-3000.
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The U.S. Copyright Office continues to be open through our website h77ddph.icu for online registration, searching copyright-related records, and learning about copyright topics. We are also receiving registration applications and recorded documents sent by mail.
Members of the public may submit emails with questions through our website and reach us by phone at (202) 707-3000, while our office facilities are closed to the public to reduce the risk of transmitting the COVID-19 coronavirus. Additionally, we are unable to accept deliveries by personal courier at this time, though we are currently accepting deliveries via U.S. Postal mail and commercial delivery services such as UPS, FedEx, and DHS.
We have established a webpage网络捕鱼游戏 with answers to specific questions about special handling and will soon include information about effective date of registration, search and certification services, and other matters. We will also be sending additional NewsNet bulletins with updated information as needed.
As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, Library of Congress buildings are currently closed to the public. The U.S. Copyright Office has implemented extended telework requirements that result in a reduced number of onsite staff. Consequently, with respect to applications for registration, the processing of paper applications and the examination of physical deposits will be delayed. The Office strongly encourages applicants to submit applications online, as the most efficient and cost-effective method of registering claims in copyright.
To minimize the effects of these temporary measures on the initiation of copyright infringement actions, the Office is adopting an interim policy for the “special handling” of applications for registration on an expedited basis. For special handling claims that are submitted electronically and for which electronic deposits are permissible under the regulations, these claims will continue to be examined within five business days by examiners that are teleworking.
For electronic applications that require the submission of physical deposits of the best edition, applicants must still send the physical deposits, but the Office will allow the applicant to additionally upload an electronic deposit of that same work. The electronic deposit must be accompanied by a declaration or similar statement certifying, under penalty of perjury, that the electronic deposit is identical in content to the physical deposit that has been sent to the U.S. Copyright Office. This will allow teleworking examiners to examine such claims within five business days.
网络捕鱼游戏As noted above, these measures are exceptional in nature and temporary in duration, and are projected to terminate when the Library reopens its buildings to the public.
As developments unfold, the Copyright Office will consider whether similar accommodations may be appropriate for other Office services, and will promptly provide updates through NewsNet and our website.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Library of Congress building and facilities are closed to the public. In addition, the Copyright Office has implemented extended telework requirements, which will limit the number of onsite staff. Assistance by phone and email are still available. Click here for more information.
Teleworking staff will continue to examine electronic copyright applications and digital deposits that are uploaded to the electronic registration system ("eCO"). But we will not be able to examine physical deposits or paper applications at this time.
To minimize the impact on copyright owners who need to register their works on an expedited basis, the Copyright Office has modified its special handling policy:
- Special handling for electronic applications with digital deposits. Special handling claims will be examined within five working days if the applicant submits an electronic application, pays the filing fee and the additional fee for special handling, and uploads a digital deposit to the eCO system.
- Special handling for electronic applications with physical deposits. Applicants who are required to submit a physical deposit should submit an electronic application, pay the filing and the additional fee for special handling, print a shipping slip and attach it to the physical deposit, and mail the physical deposit and shipping slip to the Copyright Office.
Special handling claims with a physical deposit will be examined within five business days if the applicant also uploads a digital copy of that same work through the eCO system. The electronic upload must be accompanied by a declaration or similar statement certifying under penalty of perjury, that the content of the digital deposit is identical to the physical deposit that has been sent to the Copyright Office.
Note: If the applicant mails a physical copy to the Copyright Office - but does not upload a digital copy to the eCO system - the claim will not be examined until teleworking staff are permitted to return to the Library of Congress's building.
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网络捕鱼游戏U.S. Copyright Office staff are currently working remotely in an effort to mitigate the spread of the COVID-19 respiratory virus. Ordinarily, when the Office refuses to register an application for copyright registration, the refusal letter will be sent to the applicant through U.S. Mail. Because many staff members are not in the Office, examiners cannot send hard-copy letters at this time.
网络捕鱼游戏To ensure that applicants receive a timely registration decision, the Office has decided to send refusal letters via email, instead of sending a physical copy through the mail.
When a claim is refused, the refusal letter will be sent to the email address provided in the registration application. The letter will be attached to the email as a PDF attachment. The attached PDF constitutes “written” notice of the Office’s registration decision per 37 C.F.R. § 202.5(b)(4) and 17 U.S.C. § 410(b).
Decision letters for requests for reconsideration to be sent by email
网络捕鱼游戏The Office will follow a similar approach when responding to a first or second request for reconsideration: the response will be sent to the email address provided in the reconsideration request. Responses to first requests for reconsideration will include instructions on how to submit a second request for reconsideration. Responses to second requests for consideration via email will constitute final agency action per 37 C.F.R. § 202.5(g).
网络捕鱼游戏Questions about these processes should be directed to the Public Information Office at: 1 (877) 476–0778.
Please also note that U.S. Copyright Office fees for many services, including the fee to request reconsideration of a refused registration, increased as of March 20, 2020. Applicants are encouraged to review the new fees before preparing any future submissions or requests. Information about the new fees is available here: http://h77ddph.icu/about/fees.html.
Questions about these processes should be directed to the Public Information Office at: 1 (877) 476–0778.
For more information about how COVID-19 affects Copyright Office operations, please visit h77ddph.icu/coronavirus/
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