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Issue 245 - January 25, 2005  

Copyright Office Announces Receipt of Notices of Intent to Audit

The Copyright Office announces receipt of three notices of intent to audit preexisting subscription services that transmit sound recordings under statutory licenses. SoundExchange, an organization designated by the Librarian to collect royalties on behalf of copyright owners and performers, intends to audit the preexisting subscription services to verify statements of account for the years 2001, 2002, and 2003. (Read further information.)

Format of Certain Copyright Registration Certificates Changes

Effective February 14, 2005, the Copyright Office is changing the format of certain copyright registration certificates issued under the Copyright Act as part of a pilot project to test reengineered business processes. Certificates in the new format will be issued only for motion pictures and other audiovisual works registered on Form PA. For all other categories of registrations, the certificate format will not change. The substantive content of all certificates will remain the same. (View sample of the new certificate, or read further information.)


Jan. 27 Effective date of final rule concerning reconsideration procedures (html) (pdf)
Feb. 14 Effective date of change in format of certain copyright registration certificates issued under the Copyright Act (html) (pdf)
Feb. 28 Claims to the 2004 DART royalty funds must be received in the Copyright Office by 5 p.m. on this date (html) (pdf)
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