Agency and Other Filings

As we advocate for policies that promote and preserve the value of copyright and protect the rights of creators and copyright owners, the Copyright Alliance regularly files comments with the U.S. Copyright Office and government agencies on different copyright policies studies and regulations. When we file comments, we encourage strong and effective copyright protections that will benefit the creative community and the copyright system more generally. When necessary, the Copyright Alliance conducts surveys of our creator members in order to collect data on important copyright issues. Some examples of comments we have filed with the U.S. Copyright Office and other government agencies include, but are not limited to, State Sovereign Immunity, Registration Modernization, Online Publication, Artificial Intelligence, and the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA).

January 24, 2022

Deferred Registration Examination Study

Summary:

The Copyright Alliance submitted comments to the U.S. Copyright Office in response to a Notice of Inquiry regarding its public study to evaluate the merits of providing an option to defer its examination of copyright registration application materials until examination is later requested.

January 5, 2022

Publishers’ Protections Study Additional Comments

Summary:

The Copyright Alliance filed additional comments in response to the notice and request for public comments by the U.S. Copyright Office regarding the Office’s public study evaluating current copyright protections for publishers. Reinforcing the importance of press publishers in our initial comments, the comments highlight that various considerations must be taken into account when evaluating the scope and applicability of copyright law to news content in the aggregation context. The comments also urge the Office to implement an effective registration system for dynamic web content.

December 15, 2021

Copyright Claims Board: Initiation of Proceedings and Related Procedures (Reply Comments)

Summary:

The Copyright Alliance (joined by 20 other organizations) submitted reply comments to the U.S. Copyright Office in response to a notice of proposed rulemaking regarding procedures governing the initial stages of a proceeding before the Copyright Claims Board.

November 30, 2021

Copyright Claims Board: Initiation of Proceedings and Related Procedures

Summary:

The Copyright Alliance (joined by 19 other organizations) submitted comments to the U.S. Copyright Office in response to a notice of proposed rulemaking regarding procedures governing the initial stages of a proceeding before the Copyright Claims Board.

November 26, 2021

Publishers’ Protections Study

Summary:

On November 26, the Copyright Alliance submitted comments to the U.S. Copyright Office in response to a notice and request for public comments regarding the Office’s public study which will evaluate current copyright protections for publishers.

October 4, 2021

Small Claims Procedures for Library and Archives Opt-Outs and Class Actions

Summary:

On October 4, the Copyright Alliance (joined by 19 other organizations) submitted comments to the U.S. Copyright Office in response to a notice of proposed rulemaking regarding procedures for library and archives opt-outs and class actions under the CASE Act.

May 26, 2021

Copyright Alternative in Small-Claims Enforcement (‘‘CASE’’) Act Regulations: Expedited Registration and FOIA

Summary:

On May 26, the Copyright Alliance (joined by 20 other organizations) submitted comments to the U.S. Copyright Office in response to a notice of proposed rulemaking regarding the Expedited Registration and FOIA provisions of the Copyright Alternative in Small Claims Enforcement (“CASE”) Act.

May 10, 2021

Copyright Alternative in Small-Claims Enforcement (‘‘CASE’’) Act Regulations (Reply Comments)

Summary:

On May 10, the Copyright Alliance, along with 18 other organizations, submitted reply comments to the U.S. Copyright Office in response to a notice of inquiry regarding implementation of the Copyright Alternative in Small Claims Enforcement (“CASE”) Act.

April 26, 2021

Copyright Alternative in Small-Claims Enforcement (‘‘CASE’’) Act Regulations (Initial Comments)

Summary:

On April 26, the Copyright Alliance along with 18 other organizations submitted comments to the U.S. Copyright Office in response to a notice of inquiry regarding implementation of the Copyright Alternative in Small Claims Enforcement (“CASE”) Act.

March 12, 2021

Development of a National Consumer Awareness Campaign on Combating the Trafficking in Counterfeit and Pirated Products

Summary:

The Copyright Alliance submitted comments to the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) in response to its Notice of Inquiry (NOI) seeking information from stakeholders on the “Development of a National Consumer Awareness Campaign on Combatting the Trafficking in Counterfeit and Pirated Goods” as a public-private partnership. The comments provide information on the many ways the Copyright Alliance educates stakeholders on the value of copyright and the risks associated with copyright infringement, and they offer support for the establishment of coordinated campaigns and partnerships led by federal, state and local governments under the guidance of the USPTO and U.S. Copyright Office that would ensure all consumers are aware of the dangers and harms associated with copyright infringement and other forms of intellectual property theft.