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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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What will the Implementation of the CASE Act mean for me? An Update on the Copyright Claims Board and Launch of ccb.gov

Posted by: Nora Scheland

The Copyright Office has announced the launch of a new website, ccb.gov, where businesses, creators, and users will be able to learn about the new Copyright Claims Board and how to file, opt out, or respond to claims when it opens later this year. Read on to find out what the Copyright Claims Board and ccb.gov will mean for you.

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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 …

Get to Know the Territory: Musicals Based on Public Domain Works

Posted by: Nora Scheland

Do you hear the people sing, singing the songs inspired by the public domain? Broadways musicals have a long tradition of pulling inspiration from the plays, short stories, operas, and more in the public domain. Let's take a look at five musicals and what inspired them.

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Copyright Horror Stories

Posted by: Steve Andreadis

The following is a guest post by Mary Daniel, summer 2020 law clerk in the Office of Policy and International Affairs. Mary is a third year at the University of Southern California Gould School of Law. The Halloween season is the time of year for horror movies and scary stories. However, sometimes it’s the horror …

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Seis escritores latinoamericanos que debe conocer

Posted by: Nicole Lamberson

Del 15 de septiembre al 15 de octubre, observamos el Mes de la Herencia Hispana, una celebración anual que rinde homenaje a las historias, culturas y contribuciones de los hispanos y latinoamericanos en los Estados Unidos. Aquí presentamos seis de los innumerables creadores del derecho de autor cuya creatividad ha influenciado y enriquecido la literatura estadounidense.