News Bulletins from the U.S. Copyright Office
January 27, 2003   Issue 185
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Register of Copyrights Announces Appointment of Associate Register for Policy and International Affairs

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February 3, 2003

Due date for comments on the proposed regulation governing termination of post-1977 transfers and licenses under 17 U.S.C. section 203.

February 19, 2003

Deadline for the second round of comments in the Copyright Office triennial rulemaking proceeding on exemptions from the prohibition on circumvention of technological measures that control access to copyrighted works. Those who oppose or support any exemptions proposed in the initial comments will have the opportunity to respond to the proposals made in the initial comments and to provide factual information and legal argument addressing whether a proposed exemption should be adopted.

February 28, 2003, at 5 p.m. E.S.T.

Deadline for filing 2002 DART royalty claims by fax (read details)

February 28, 2003, at 11:59 p.m. E.S.T.

Deadline for receipt on the Copyright Office server of 2002 DART royalty claims submitted online (read details)

March 5, 2003

Due date for reply comments on the proposed regulation governing termination of post-1977 transfers and licenses under 17 U.S.C. section 203.

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Register of Copyrights Announces Appointment of Associate Register for Policy and International Affairs

The Register of Copyrights is pleased to announce the appointment of Jule L. Sigall to the position of Associate Register for Policy and International Affairs, effective February 10.

Mr. Sigall comes to the Copyright Office from the law firm of Arnold and Porter, where he was a senior associate in the firm's Intellectual Property and Technology practice group and specialized in copyright law and its application to new technologies. During his tenure with Arnold and Porter, he represented and advised a wide range of creators, distributors, and users of copyrighted works, including photographers, record companies, magazine publishers, public television stations, sports leagues, and advertising agencies. He represented clients in several significant cases involving copyright and the Internet, including Kelly v. Arriba Soft Corp. (addressing the use of digital copies of photographs by Internet search engine), UMG Recordings Inc. v., Inc. (addressing the use of digital copies of sound recordings in an Internet music service), and Bonneville International Corp. v. Peters (addressing the application of the sound recording digital performance right to Internet streaming of radio signals). In Ets-Hokin v. Skyy Spirits, Inc., he successfully argued before the Ninth Circuit on behalf of an individual photographer for reversal of a lower court decision involving copyright in derivative works. He has published several articles on copyright law and has spoken frequently on copyright and new technologies, including lectures at Duke University School of Law and The Catholic University of America.

From 1997-1998, Mr. Sigall worked at the Copyright Office in the Office of Policy and International Affairs, making significant contributions to a number of domestic and international copyright policy issues and legislative matters, including the Digital Millennium Copyright Act and the No Electronic Theft ("NET") Act. He participated in a number of multilateral and bilateral intellectual property negotiations, where he served as lead copyright counsel and provided advice on international copyright policy to executive branch agencies. He was specifically responsible for the enforcement-related provisions of the TRIPS Agreement.

Mr. Sigall is a 1990 graduate of Duke University and a 1996 summa cum laude graduate of The Catholic University of America, Columbus School of Law, where he served as Notes and Comments Editor of the Catholic University Law Review.

Past Issues
Supreme Court Upholds Copyright Term Extension 1/15/03

Notification of Agreement under The Small Webcaster Settlement Act of 2002 12/24/02

Office Publishes Final Regulations on Royalty Rates and Terms under the Section 118 Compulsory License 12/19/02

Office Proposes Regulation Governing Termination of Post-1977 Transfers 12/18/02

President Signs into Law the Small Webcaster Settlement Act of 2002 12/10/02

Cost of Living Adjustment for 17 U.S.C. 118 Compulsory License 12/8/02

Copyright Office Announces Alternative Methods to File 2002 DART Royalty Claims 12/8/02

Notices of Intent to Participate and Comments and Proposals on CARP Scheduling 11/19/02

Office Publishes Final Rule Governing Termination of Transfers and Licenses 11/17/02

President Signs into Law the 21st Century Department of Justice Appropriations Authorization Act 11/5/02

2003-2007 Negotiated Rate Adjustments for Noncommercial Educational Broadcasting Compulsory License 10/30/02

Librarian of Congress Denies Motion for Stay of Webcasting Rates 10/18/02

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