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 […]
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.
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.
Find dance in copyright! In 1952, Hanya Holm was the first person to register a copyright for choreography or dance. Explore the connection between dance and copyright in the exhibit, Find Yourself in Copyright.
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. […]
The first 500 books in the digitized Copyright Historical Record Books Collection are now available online.
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.
On January 1, 2022, thousands of works published in 1926 entered the public domain. Explore some of the notable additions from A. A. Milne, Langston Hughes, Willa Cather, and more.
I love food, and the foods I love I really love. Many of my favorite foods and meals are the ones I ate with my family and are part of my cultural heritage as the son of Greek parents and the grandson of Greek immigrants. It was a fundamental part of festivals, holidays, family gatherings, […]
The Copyright Office is setting up the Copyright Claims Board (CCB) as directed by the Copyright Alternative in Small-Claims Enforcement Act of 2020. The CCB will begin hearing cases in Spring 2022.