U.S. Copyright Office

August 1, 2000
Issue 96
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Federal Register

Office Corrects Errors in URAA Notices of Intent to Enforce Restored Copyrights and Issues Policy Statement (65 FR 46873)

The Copyright Office corrected certain errors in the filing and recordation of notices of intent to enforce restored copyrights under the Uruguay Round Agreements Act and issued a policy decision permitting a certain administrative correction.

Pursuant to regulation, the Copyright Office published a copyright owner's correction of an NIE. Also, as a result of a policy decision, the Office administratively corrected a Group NIE. Where the Office has omitted titles from a Group NIE record because the authorship was not identical, the Copyright Office will, upon notification, amend the record to reflect the omitted titles if the group of works had one or more common authors. The titles will be published in the Federal Register on the next scheduled 4-month publication date. The next projected date is December 1, 2000.The Copyright Office of the Library of Congress is extending the period for filing reply comments in the proceeding to consider the merits of a petition filed by the Digital Media Association. The petition seeks a determination that a webcasting service is not deemed to be interactive merely because it offers the consumer some degree of influence over the programming offered by the service. Written reply comments are due on July 14, 2000.

Copyright Office

Register of Copyrights Testifies at House Subcommittee Hearing

Register of Copyrights Marybeth Peters testified July 27 before the House Subcommittee on Courts and Intellectual Property on the subject of state sovereign immunity and protection of intellectual property. The Register provided the Subcommittee with background on the Supreme Court's recent rulings affirming the states' sovereign immunity in intellectual property suits and expressed her support for a legislative solution that would prospectively strip a State's intellectual property of protection unless that State waived its sovereign immunity for intellectual property suits in federal court. She concluded, "Congress should use the tools it has to prevent the successful assertion of state sovereign immunity where it has become a tool of injustice."

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