The following is a guest post by Tracie Coleman, Information Section head of the Licensing Division.
I began my career in the U.S. Copyright Office in 1991. For ten years, I worked as a bibliographer in the Copyright Public Records Reading Room (CPRRR). When responding to public requests for copyright information, I was responsible for searching through the thousands of catalog cards and records housed in the CPRRR. I had long left my position as a bibliographer when I happened to hear about a virtual card catalog (VCC).
Like everyone else, I was excited for the January 2018 launch of the VCC proof of concept, which contained cards from two time periods (1955–1970 and 1971–1977). The card drawers resembled the same look and feel as those in the CPRRR. As a result, some of the cards contained filing errors, and corrupt images. Although not ideal, these errors actually added to the authenticity of providing a similar experience online as it would in person. Was it perfect? No. Was it a good place to start? Yes!
Virtual Card Catalog
I’m even more excited with the July 2018 release because this round of enhancements is primarily based on user testing feedback and comments from the online survey. Check out ‘Phase II’ of the Virtual Card Catalog and let us know what you think. The newest features include: the ability to narrow the number of results from a browsing session, the ability to track all browsing performed in a session, and the ability to perform simple and advanced queries of the card images. There is more to come; however, we still need help. Your feedback is welcomed and needed, so keep the comments coming!
The following is a guest post by Zhao Zhao, summer law clerk in the Office of Policy and International Affairs The U.S. Copyright Office and the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) successfully hosted the 2018 International Copyright Institute (ICI) from June 4–8, 2018, in Washington, D.C. The Copyright Office’s Office of Policy & International Affairs […]
The following is a guest post by Brad Greenberg, counsel for policy and international affairs. This month marks the hundredth anniversary of oral arguments in the seminal U.S. Supreme Court case of International News Service v. Associated Press (1918), which established the federal common law doctrine of “hot news” misappropriation. This anniversary comes at a […]
Today, the Copyright Office announces a new proposed fee schedule. The Office charges fees for a variety of public services, such as filing applications for registration, recording documents, and researching and copying records. Every three to five years, we review the costs of services and assess new fees. Typically, the Office does not charge the […]
The following is a guest post by Frances Carden, technical writer in the Copyright Modernization Office. The buzz around here has been big–you may remember my April post about the establishment of the Copyright Modernization Office (CMO) that directs all modernization initiatives across the U.S. Copyright Office–and it’s getting bigger and bolder. On May 7, […]
The following is a guest post by Jason E. Sloan, attorney advisor, Office of General Counsel. Last Wednesday, the House of Representatives unanimously passed the Music Modernization Act (H.R. 5447) by an impressive vote of 415 to 0. Why is this important? Because if the bill is passed by the Senate and enacted into law, […]
The following is a guest post by Frances Carden, technical writer in the Copyright Modernization Office. I joined the Copyright Modernization Office (CMO) straight from a background in federal consulting. I honestly hadn’t planned to change jobs, but was drawn in by CMO’s posted job description requesting a technical writer namely because a) I’m a […]
The following is a guest post by Alison Hall, writer-editor. While closing out our celebration of Women’s History Month, I discovered that female songwriters have been registering works with the Copyright Office for more than 147 years. I began my research with book one of the official U.S. Copyright Office record book, which contains registrations […]
Today is International Women’s Day. Here in the United States, we are in the midst of celebrating women’s history month. In recognition of these events, the Copyright Office wants to call attention to the women who contribute to creativity—both those who work (or have worked) in the Office and those who register their creative works. […]
The following is a guest post by Emma Kleiner, Barbara A. Ringer Program fellow. Can a gossip website use copyrighted images of celebrities without first obtaining a license? Is an author allowed to incorporate elements from a Dr. Seuss book into his own manuscript? You can find clues to answer these questions–and many others–in the […]