March 2023 Roundup of Copyright News

In March, while the copyright community continues to wait for the Supreme Court decision in AWF v. Goldsmith, it took a respite to celebrate a major legal victory by book publishers in their court case against the Internet Archive’s mass reproduction and pirating of eBooks. Meanwhile, there were several copyright related hearings in Congress and a revised version of the Pro Codes Act introduced in both the Senate and House. Here is a quick snapshot of the copyright-related activities that occurred during the month of March as well as a few events to look forward to in April.

Copyright Alliance Activities

Copyright Alliance Launches AI Alert: We launched our new Artificial Intelligence (AI) Copyright Alert to keep everyone apprised of important copyright-related AI news and events. As AI technology continues to evolve and questions arise about how copyright laws apply to the creation of AI-generated works, it’s critical that the underlying goals and purposes of our copyright system are upheld and that the rights of creators and copyright owners are respected. To receive the AI Alert visit our sign-up page

Copyright Alliance Launches the Community Partnership Initiative, Debuts with BIPOC Podcast Creators as Inaugural Partner: On March 29, we launched our Community Partnership initiative, which is designed to bring together like-minded, creator-based organizations as partners to advance the interests of creators and their works, while also promoting the importance of copyright protection and enforcement. The first Community Partner to join this program is BIPOC Podcast Creators. BIPOC Podcast Creators is a networking and consulting organization that works to create a vibrant and supportive community for BIPOC podcasters.

Copyright Alliance Publishes CCB Remedies Video: We released the newest educational video in the Copyright Alliance’s Copyright Claims Board (CCB) Webinar series which explains the different remedies that the CCB can grant to parties—including the differences between actual and statutory damages, the monetary limits on damages that can be awarded by the CCB, and more.

Copyright Alliance Blogs: We published several blogs in March:

Copyright Office Activities

CCB Status Update: At the end of March 2023, 401 total cases had been filed with the Copyright Claims Board (CCB). Of these claims, 147 are “smaller claims.” In at least 135 of all cases, the claimant is using legal counsel. At least 350 of the cases involve infringement claims, 57 involve Section 512(f) misrepresentation claims, and nine involve claims for declarations of noninfringement. The eCCB docket currently shows that the works at issue in these cases are as follows: Pictorial Graphic & Sculpture (186 cases); Literary Works (53); Motion Picture and Audiovisual Works (88); Sound Recordings (40); Musical Works (24); and some cases include claims for multiple works. Thirty-seven foreign residents have filed claims. Of all the cases filed, 222 have been dismissed for the following reasons: Due to Respondent’s Opt Out (28); Due to Failure to Amend Noncompliant Claim (112); Due to Failure to Provide Proof of Service of Process (52); and Claimant Withdrawal and Dismissal of Claims (31). There are 33 active proceedings.

USCO Releases Guide to Registration Policies for Works Containing AI Generated Materials: On March 16, the U.S. Copyright Office published a guide, clarifying its policies for examining and registering works that contain material generated by the use of artificial intelligence (AI) technology. In the case of works containing AI-generated works, the Office noted that “applicants have a duty to disclose the inclusion of AI-generated content in a work submitted for registration and to provide a brief explanation of the human author’s contributions to the work.” The Office noted that it will refuse to register works that lack human authorship, and that when determining which parts of a work registration will be extended to, “what matters is the extent to which the human had creative control over the work’s expression and “actually formed” the traditional elements of authorship.”

USCO Announces AI Initiative; Solicits Participants for Public Listening Sessions: On March 16, the Office announced its new Artificial Intelligence (AI) Initiative, which includes hosting four virtual public listening sessions on copyright and artificial intelligence (AI) with stakeholders from various creative industries. The Office is inviting artists, members of creative industries, AI developers and researchers, and attorneys involved with the issues to participate as speakers. The sessions will focus on literary works, including print journalism and software; visual arts; audiovisual works; and music and sound recordings.

USCO Hosts CPMC Meeting: On March 2, the U.S. Copyright Office held its biannual meeting of the Copyright Public Modernization Committee (CPMC), which was launched in 2021 to enhance communication and provide a public forum for the technology-related aspects of the Copyright Office’s modernization initiative. During opening remarks, Register Perlmutter gave an overview of the Office’s current priorities, including identifying and reaching out to underrepresented communities, the Office’s upcoming fee study, continuing progress on development of the Enterprise Copyright System (ECS), and issues related to copyright and artificial intelligence (AI). It was also mentioned that the Public Information Office is working to train staff to enhance the ways they assist the public. The bulk of the meeting was comprised of copyright registration staff giving a demonstration of the ECS Registration module, which CPMC members agreed reflected significant progress. The demonstration included both the user side and the examiner side of ECS. This was the first time anyone other than Office and Library personnel was able to see a demonstration of ECS. Office staff indicated that there will be an opportunity for user testing. Office staff also indicated that they may hold an additional meeting to continue the discussion and answer more questions in advance of the next regularly scheduled meeting.

Emily Chapuis Appointed USCO Deputy General Counsel: On March 6, Register of Copyrights Shira Perlmutter announced the appointment of Emily Chapuis as Deputy General Counsel for the U.S. Copyright Office. Chapuis begins her new role on March 13 and will assist the Office’s General Counsel and Associate Register of Copyrights “in providing legal guidance to the Office’s divisions, implementing regulations governing the administration of the copyright system, advising congressional offices and other federal agencies, and developing legal positions in copyright litigation and other matters.” Chapuis spent twelve years at Jenner & Block LLP before joining the Office, working as a commercial litigator and a partner in the firm’s Content, Media, and Entertainment group. During her time at Jenner & Block, she “developed extensive expertise in copyright law, including music licensing, rate-setting, and copyright infringement matters.”

USCO Appoints Iyauta Green as Deputy Director of Operations: On March 15, Register of Copyrights Shira Perlmutter announced the appointment of Iyauta Green as Deputy Director of Operations for the U.S. Copyright Office. Green will assist the Assistant Register and Director of Operations with strategic planning, financial activities, and business processes for the Copyright Office. Prior to joining the Office, Green served as the associate deputy assistant secretary for risk management and regulatory affairs in the Office of Housing at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and spent seventeen years at the U.S. Department of Education in the Office of the Secretary, the Office of the Deputy Secretary, and the Office of Finance and Operations.

Kashtanova Sends USCO a Letter Arguing AI-Generated Work Contains Sufficient Human Authorship: On March 21, Kristina Kashtanova posted a letter on LinkedIn that they sent to the Office, explaining that the image in the registration application, Rose Enigma, though generated using Stable Diffusion, resulted from Kashtanova’s highly specific and controlled creative inputs, including a hand-drawn image. This registration application is for a different work, and is separate from the registration the Office granted for the creative coordination, selection, and arrangement contained in Kashtanova’s graphic novel, Zarya of the Dawn. Kashtanova further states that if someone with access to the same tools used the exact same prompts and other input materials, they would be able to generate the same image, arguing that this proves sufficient human authorship.

Biden Administration Activities

USPTO Releases Third Report on IP and the U.S. Economy: The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) released the latest edition of its report highlighting the economic contributions of industries that make greater use of intellectual property (IP) protection, including patents, trademarks, and copyrights, titled Intellectual property and the U.S. economy: Third edition. In terms of copyright, the report showed that copyright-intensive industries outpaced other IP-intensive industries with respect to GDP growth since 2014—rising by 4.2%. Employment in the copyright-intensive industries also reportedly grew rapidly, accounting for 6.6 million jobs.

USTR Releases President Biden’s 2023 Trade Policy Agenda and 2022 Annual Report: On March 1, the Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) released President Biden’s 2023 Trade Policy Agenda and 2022 Annual Report to Congress. The report details USTR’s work to advance President Biden’s trade agenda over the last two years, as well as the priorities for 2023 and beyond. “USTR’s worker-centered trade agenda is realizing President Biden’s vision to grow the American economy from the bottom up and the middle out,” Ambassador Katherine Tai said. The report’s section on intellectual property noted the USTR’s involvement in negotiations at the World Trade Organization over IP waivers for the COVID vaccine and noted that the Office identified challenges abroad related to copyright piracy. T

Congressional Copyright Related Activities

Pro Codes Act Introduced in Congress: On March 16, Senators Chris Coons (D-DE), John Cornyn (R-TX), Thom Tillis (R-NC), and Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) introduced S. 835, the Pro Codes Act, which clarifies that model codes and standards do not lose copyright protection by virtue of having been adopted or incorporated by reference into law or regulation, provided that the codes/standards are accessible to the public. On March 17, Representatives Darrell Issa (R-CA) and Deborah Ross (D-NC) introduced the House version of the bill, H.R. 1631. The Copyright Alliance issued a statement in support of the bills, noting that “Codes and standards have always been protected by copyright. If implemented, what the Pro Codes Act would do is simple—it would ensure that the codes and standards created by standards development organizations continue to be protected against infringers while guaranteeing that the public has access to them when they are incorporated by reference into law…The Pro Codes Act is a clear win for standards development organizations, lawmakers, scholars, and the public.”

House Judiciary IP Subcommittee Holds Hearing on China: On March 8, the House Judiciary Committee (HJC) Subcommittee on Courts, Intellectual Property and the Internet held a hearing titled Intellectual Property and Strategic Competition with China: Part I. The following witnesses testified before the Subcommittee: William Evanina, Founder and CEO of Evanina Group; Jamieson Greer, an International Trade Partner at King & Spalding; Mark Cohen, Distinguished Senior Fellow and Director of the Asia IP Project at the Berkeley Center for Law and Technology; and Charles Duan, Policy Fellow and Adjunct Professor at American University Washington College of Law’s Program on Information Justice and IP, as well as a member of the PPAC. Several members raised concerns surrounding copyrights and our domestic creative industries. For instance, Ranking Member Jerrold Nadler (D-NY) said that piracy in China continues to harm the creative community. Meanwhile, during the Q&A portion of the hearing, Representative Deborah Ross (R-NC) cited that royalties for music used on TikTok are hundreds of times lower than what other streaming services offer.

Senate Finance and House Ways and Means Committees Hold Hearings on President’s 2023 Trade Agenda: On March 23, the Senate Finance Committee held a hearing titled The President’s 2023 Trade Policy Agenda, featuring the testimony of Katherine Tai, the U.S. Trade Representative. Most questions from the Senators revolved around the specifics of future trade negotiations and the enforcement of already existing rules that have not been fully met. Senators Tillis (R-NC)  and Blackburn (R-TN) spoke about the Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights (TRIPS Agreement) waiver, and Senator Daines (R-MT) talked about Chinese abuse of IP. On March 24, the House Committee on Ways and Means held a hearing on the Biden Administration’s 2023 Trade Policy Agenda with U.S. Trade Representative Ambassador Katherine Tai as a witness. Members of the committee discussed various issues with Ambassador Tai, including IP theft from China, IP issues in relation to the waiver of certain patent rights under TRIPS Agreement, and the importance of the copyright industry, which had 1.6 million workers in 2021, and the need for trade policy to address the stolen or unlicensed use of copyrighted content on digital platforms.

Senate Appropriations Subcommittee Holds Hearing on Library of Congress’ Budget Requests: On March 22, the Senate Appropriations Legislative Branch Subcommittee held a hearing on the FY2024 Budget Requests for the Library of the Congress and the Architect of the Capitol, which featured testimonies from the Librarian of Congress, Dr. Carla Hayden, and the Architect of the Capitol, Ms. Chere Rexroat. During the hearing, copyright only came up in two instances. The first was regarding the Enterprise Copyright System (ECS) and the U.S. Copyright Office’s request for a permanent base for continuous innovations and updates to the system as technology advances. Secondly, Dr. Hayden stated that the FY24 budget funding request would go toward ensuring that the registration system stays functional while transferring from the paper-based Copyright Recordation system to the new online system.

Copyright in the Courts

Publishers Prevail In Case Against Internet Archive: On March 20, the district court for the Southern District of New York heard oral arguments on cross motions for summary judgment in Hachette v. Internet Archive (IA), a case brought in 2020 by a group of publishers challenging IA’s mass scanning and distribution of books under its controlled digital lending theory. On March 24, the court ruled in favor of a group of plaintiff book publishers in their case against the Internet Archive (IA) for scanning print copies of the publishers’ works and lending those digital copies under IA’s untried theory of “Controlled Digital Lending.” The court rejected IA’s fair use arguments on all four factors, holding: (1) that IA gained commercial benefit from offering the eBooks, that “[t]here was nothing transformative” about IA’s unauthorized mass copying and lending of the books; (2) the books were creative works “close to the core of copyright protection” and their published status did not weigh against a fair use finding; (3) the entirety of the works were copied, with no additional transformative purpose, and IA’s copies competed directly with the licensed eBooks; and (4) that IA’s use supplants the publishers’ thriving eBook market.

Maria A. Pallante, President and CEO of the Association of American Publishers, said in a statement, “The publishing community is grateful to the Court for its unequivocal affirmation of the Copyright Act and respect for established precedent. In rejecting arguments that would have pushed fair use to illogical markers, the Court has underscored the importance of authors, publishers, and creative markets in a global society. In celebrating the opinion, we also thank the thousands of public libraries across the country that serve their communities everyday through lawful eBook licenses. We hope the opinion will prove educational to the defendant and anyone else who finds public laws inconvenient to their own interests.” 

The Copyright Alliance also released a statement in support of AAP and its publisher members. Per the statement, Keith Kupferschmid, CEO of the Copyright Alliance, noted that, “For too long, Internet Archive has scanned and distributed published works while refusing to abide by the traditional contours of copyright law…So, we were unsurprised that…the Court rejected arguments by IA that would have pushed fair use boundaries well past their limits under the Copyright Act, while also underscoring the importance of the rights of authors, publishers, and all members of the creative industries who rely on copyright to create works and earn a living.” The Copyright Alliance filed an amicus brief in support of the publishers back in August 2022.

Ringleader of Copyright Piracy Scheme Sentenced to 5.5 Years of Imprisonment: On March 8, the district court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania announced that Bill Omar Carrasquillo was sentenced to 66 months of imprisonment, more than $30 million in forfeiture, and more than $151 million in restitution, for operating a large-scale IPTV piracy business that reaped Carrasquillo and his associates more than $30 million.

BMI Wins 138% Increase in Songwriter Royalty Rates in Dispute with Concert Promoters: On March 29, it was reported that the district court for the Southern District of New York awarded Broadcast Music, Inc. (BMI) a 138% increase in songwriters’ rates to 0.5% of every event revenue collected by Live Nation, AEG, and the North American Concert Promoters (NACPA), which includes tickets sold on the secondary market and servicing fees, and revenues from box suites and VIP packages. BMI had originally filed a petition in 2018, requesting “reasonable final license fees” for BMI performing songwriters’ compositions in events hosted by the concert promoters. In a statement about the dispute outcome, BMI CEO and President, Mike O’Neill, noted, “This is a massive victory for BMI songwriters, composers, and publishers…It will have a significant and positive impact on the royalties they receive for the live concert category.”

Court Upholds Medical Devices Exemption Resulting from Triennial Rulemaking: On March 7, the district court for the District of Columbia, in an opinion authored by Chief Judge Beryl A. Howell, held that the Library of Congress’ promulgation of an exemption for medical devices arising from its triennial rulemaking on exemptions from the Digital Millennium Copyright Act’s (DMCA) section 1201 prohibition against circumvention of Technological Protection Measures was not barred by the Administrative Procedure Act (APA) or considered unconstitutional. Plaintiffs, the Medical Imaging & Technology Alliance and the Advanced Medical Technology Association, trade organizations for medical imaging equipment manufacturers, had challenged the Library for promulgating the exception. The court held that the plaintiffs’ Administrative Procedure Act (APA) claims are barred because the Librarian’s decisions are not subject to APA review, the Librarian’s promulgation of the exception did not amount to an extreme statutory error required to state a plausible claim, and the DMCA rulemaking process does not violate constitutional separation of powers because the Librarian of Congress and the Register of Copyrights are subject to the control of the President in carrying out these responsibilities.

Court Awards Studios $30 Million Against Pirate IPTV Operators: On March 24, the district court for the Central District of California awarded $30 million for a group of studios, including Universal City Studios, Disney, Netflix, Paramount, and Warner in addition to Amazon and Apple, in their case against the operators behind the pirate IPTV services, AllAccessTV (AATV) and Quality Restreams. The defendants also agreed to a permanent injunction preventing further unauthorized copying, storing, and dissemination of copyrighted works to internet users.

Copyright in Other Countries

German Court Orders DNS Resolver Quad9 to Block Pirate Site: The Regional Court of Leipzig granted Sony Music an injunction, ordering DNS resolver, Quad9, to globally block a music pirate site. The court found that Quad9 made its services available to the pirate service site and did not take action even after notice of infringing activities. Quad9 plans to appeal the ruling.

Argentinean Court Authorizes Dynamic Blocking of Pirate Websites: The National Court of First Instance in Federal Civil and Commercial Matters in Buenos Aires granted a dynamic injunctive order for a group of broadcasters and sports leagues through which Argentina’s national telecommunications agency, ENACOM, has instructed local Internet Service Providers to block 30 domain names and any future mirror sites of pirate TV streaming websites.

Popular Illicit Video Hosting Website in Germany Shut Down: On March 15, the Alliance for Creativity and Entertainment (ACE) announced that the popular illicit video hosting service, Streamzz, was shut down. The service, operating out of Germany, had launched in 2019 and hosted and streamed more than 75,000 movies and 15,000 television shows created and owned by ACE members. “The shutdown of Streamzz is fresh proof that no one in the content piracy ecosystem – whether they’re a streaming service, video streaming host or anything in between – is above the law,” said Jan van Voorn, Executive Vice President and Global Content Protection Chief of the Motion Picture Association and Head of ACE. “We will target piracy services of various kinds in order to protect the global creative economy.”

Industry Activities

Copyright Organizations Launch ‘Protect the Creative Economy Coalition’ in Response to State eBook Legislation: On March 15, a group of authors, publishers, and other copyright organizations from across the United States came together to launch the Protect the Creative Economy Coalition in response to efforts designed to weaken intellectual property protections and damage digital markets through the introduction of eBook legislation in numerous states across the country. The Coalition represents small and independent business owners and other organizations—including the National Music Publishers Association, the News Media Alliance, the Copyright Alliance, Association of American Publishers, the Motion Picture Association, and the Authors Guild—which are “looking to combat a series of unconstitutional state bills that would artificially depress the value of literary works and the contracts that govern intellectual property licenses” through the introduction of state eBook bills.

Authors Guild Drafts Model Clause to Prohibit Unauthorized AI Training Using Authors’ Works: on March 1, the Authors Guild announced it has drafted a new model clause to help authors prohibit the use of their works for the purpose of training artificial intelligence (AI) technologies without express permission from the copyright owner. Authors and agents can now request this clause be added to their contracts. In a statement, the Authors Guild noted that, “If you do not want your work used to train generative AI—AI machines that generate new text works—you should ask to have any such provision struck and the prohibition clause added instead.” The Guild’s Model Trade Book Contract and Literary Translation Model Contract have both been updated to include the new clause.

UMG’s EVP and Chief Digital Officer Pens Op-Ed on Importance of AI Benefitting the Creative Community: On February 14, Universal Music Group’s Executive Vice President and Chief Digital Officer, Michael Nash, penned an op-ed in Music Business Worldwide, emphasizing that amidst the powerful promises and positive benefits that artificial intelligence (AI) technologies bring to the creative community, “leading counterparts across the arts and creative industries, as well as legal scholars, public officials and representatives of the AI industry itself,” must work together to “explore ways to ensure that generative AI properly rewards the people whose intellectual property constitutes the critical contributing material fueling AI’s output, and not solely AI’s financial interests.”

Look Forward To And Save the Date For…

Artist Rights: The Future of the Copyright Royalty Board for Songwriters: On April 7 at 1:45 p.m., the University of Texas School of Law’s Continuing Legal Education program will host a panel titled Artist Rights: The Future of the Copyright Royalty Board for Songwriters. The panel will cover the history and future of the U.S. Copyright Royalty Board, the federal agency that sets the royalty rate for the government’s compulsory licenses for songs and webcasting, among other related topics. Panelists include Mitch Glazier, RIAA; Clark Miller, Clark Miller Consulting; Abby North, North Music Group; and Chris Castle, Chris L. Castle Law.

U.S. Copyright Office Hosts AI Listening Sessions: The Office is hosting four virtual listening sessions in the coming months on the use of AI to generate works in the creative fields. The Office is inviting artists, members of creative industries, AI developers and researchers, and attorneys involved with the issues to participate as speakers. April 19 from 1:00-4:00 p.m. ET, the Office will host its listening session on literary works. More information on this session is available on the registration page. April 11 is the deadline to register to participate in the virtual public listening session on copyright and AI issues in the visual arts context This listening session is scheduled for May 2. More information on how to register for the event as a listener or as a speaker, is available on the Office’s website. April 26 is the deadline to register to participate in the U.S. Copyright Office’s virtual public listening session on copyright and AI issues in the audiovisual works context. The Office is inviting artists, members of creative industries, AI developers and researchers, and attorneys involved with the issues to participate as speakers. This listening session is scheduled for May 17. More information on how to register for the event as a listener or as a speaker, is available on the registration page

2023 ABA-IPL Section Annual Meeting: On April 12-14, the American Bar Association IP Law Section (ABA-IPL) will host its 2023 Annual Meeting (IPLSPRING), featuring more than 20 CLE sessions, networking events, business meetings, and more at the Omni Shoreham Hotel in Washington, DC. Sessions will “address the most cutting-edge topics in the intellectual property arena” to assist attendees in “stay[ing] current, whether their practice is focused on patents, trademarks, or copyrights.” The program includes sessions on Legislative Updates, Managing IP Malpractice Risks, Steering Your Patent Prosecution Portfolio, Updates from the U.S. Copyright Office, Tools for Combatting Counterfeit Goods, Counseling Clients on Mandatory Disclosures, and more. During the event, on April 13 at 9:45 a.m. ET, Copyright Alliance CEO Keith Kupferschmid will moderate a panel titled Copyright Claims Board—One Year In. Speakers for the panel are Copyright Claims Board Officers David Carson, Monica P. McCabe, and Brad Newberg. More information is available on the registration page.

Fordham Law School’s 30th Annual IP Conference: On April 13-14, the Fordham Law School will hold its 30th Annual IP Conference. The conference features copyright law related panels on E.U. copyright developments, the Copyright Claims Board, and Copyright exceptions and limitations. More information is available on the conference website.

Copyright Alliance and Copyright Society Panel on ‘Whether Use of Copyrighted Works to Train AI Is Fair Use’: On April 19 from 12-1:30 p.m. the New York Chapter of the Copyright Society, in association with the Copyright Alliance, will host an event titled Using Copyrighted Works to Train AI: Fair Use or Just Plain Unfair? During this panel discussion, speakers will address the applicability of the Fair Use Doctrine in relation to the use of copyrighted materials to train machine learning (ML) models that are then used to train artificial intelligence tools and services. Speakers include Sekou Campbell, Partner, Culhane Meadows; Joshua Simmons, Partner, Kirkland & Ellis; Katherine Forrest, Partner, Paul Weiss; and Nancy Wolff, Partner, Cowan, DeBaets, Abrahams & Sheppard, LLP.

Women Trailblazers Creating Success Through Copyright: April 26th is World Intellectual Property Day. The World Intellectual Property Organization officially announced that the 2023 World IP Day theme is Women and IP: Accelerating Innovation and Creativity. On April 26 from 2:00-3:30 p.m. ET, the Copyright Alliance, in collaboration with the U.S. Copyright Office, the Copyright Society, the Global Innovation Policy Center (GIPC), the U.S. Intellectual Property Alliance, and 12 Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts (VLA) organizations across the country, will host a World Intellectual Property Day (WIPD) 2023 event titled Women Trailblazers Creating Success Through Copyright on Wednesday, April 26. This virtual panel is in keeping with the World Intellectual Property Organization’s (WIPO) 2023 theme, Women and IP: Accelerating Innovation and Creativity. Join us to hear from inspiring women who will discuss how copyright has helped them to advance their careers and protect and distribute their and others’ creative works. Attendees will also learn the steps they can take to forge their own career path by protecting their creativities as well as their livelihoods. Our panel moderator is Karyn A. Temple, Former Register of Copyrights and SEVP & Global General Counsel at the Motion Picture Association; and our panelists are Jayda Imanlihen, Founder of the Black Girl Film School; Alicia Calzada, Deputy General Counsel for the National Press Photographers Association; Tristen Norman, Director, Creative Insights, Getty Images; and Miriam Lord, Associate Register of Copyrights and Director of Public Information and Education at the U.S. Copyright Office. Don’t miss this unique opportunity to gain insights and advice from leading women in the creative and copyright industries. The event will conclude with a Q&A session, time-permitting.

USCO Monthly Recordation System Webinar: On April 27 at 1:00 p.m., the U.S. Copyright Office will host its monthly webinar to keep the public updated on the Office’s optimized Recordation System. Separate from the Office’s registration application, the new recordation module allows users to transfer their copyrights to someone else electronically. The webinars will “cover announcements about the module, important reminders, frequently asked questions, and a live Q&A session.” More information is available on the registration page.

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