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40 Million U.S. Copyright Registrations

Celebrating the United States’ 40 Millionth Copyright Registration

Posted by: George Thuronyi

By Jaylen Johnson, attorney-advisor, and George Thuronyi, deputy director, of the Office of Public Information and Education Today, on our 152nd birthday, the U.S. Copyright Office celebrates a historic milestone: the 40 millionth copyright registration made in the United States! As we acknowledge this monumental achievement, we reflect on the importance of copyright registration and …

Pride in Literature: Inspiring Authors for Everyone

Posted by: Holland Gormley

Co-authored by Meg Efthimiadis, Assistant to the General Counsel, and Holland Gormley, Public Affairs Specialist The following blog is a part of the Copyright Office’s Copyright for All initiative, which aims to make the copyright system as understandable and accessible to as many members of the public as possible, including individuals and small entities as …

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World IP Day 2022—IP and Youth: Innovating for a Better Future

Posted by: Alison Hall

The U.S. Copyright Office joins intellectual property organizations around the world in celebrating World Intellectual Property Day. This year's theme is IP and Youth: Innovating for a Better Future. The Copyright Office is sharing the message that everyone, no matter their age, is a creator.

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What’s in a Name: Using Pseudonyms When Registering Works with the Copyright Office

Posted by: Nora Scheland

The following is a guest post by Jessica Chinnadurai, a registration specialist at the U.S. Copyright Office. My first name, Jessica, was the most popular baby girl name in the 1990s. My last name, Chinnadurai, is a unique surname with origins in southern India. The dichotomy has resulted in me being fascinated by names. We …

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Celebrating Women’s History Month: Conversations About Creativity, Hope, and Healing, Part 2

Posted by: Nora Scheland

This Women’s History Month, we celebrate the intersection between creativity, hope, and healing. In part two of our two-part blog series, we talk to some more of the women who work at the U.S. Copyright Office about what it means for them to be creative.

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Celebrating Women’s History Month: Conversations About Creativity, Hope, and Healing, Part 1

Posted by: Nora Scheland

I have always been someone who likes to make things. I love to bake and cook, I like to knit, and I make my own ceramics. I am drawn to items that were made by hand, either by me or someone else, and I am convinced that I will never be finished finding art for …

The Art of Healing: A Nostalgic Ode to Black Hair Braiding

Posted by: Ashley Tucker

Black history tells powerful stories of innovation, perseverance, triumph, and celebration but also stories of loss, tragedy, trauma, and pain. Historically, African Americans have turned to art for its inexplicable healing powers. There is healing in African American spirituals and in praise dance; in African drums; and in beatboxing, in storytelling, and in rhythm and blues. …