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Aug 10, 2009

Copyright News

* Special Handling Fee to Be Suspended for Claims Pending over Six Months When Registration Is Needed for Litigation Purposes

The Copyright Office is publishing an interim rule relating to fees for special handling of registration claims that have been pending for at least six months. Special handling is the expedited processing of an application and is granted in certain circumstances when compelling reasons are present. Because of current delays in the processing of applications for registration occurring in the course of the Office’s implementation of its business process reengineering program, the Office has determined that the special handling fee, which is in addition to the regular fee for an application to register a copyright claim, will not be assessed for conversion of a pending application to special handling status when the application has been pending for more than six months without any action by the Copyright Office and the applicant has satisfied the Office that expedited handling of the registration is needed because the applicant is about to file a suit for copyright infringement. This interim rule is effective on August 10, 2009, and will expire on July 1, 2011. For further information, go to the Copyright Office website.

* The International Intellectual Property Alliance (IIPA) released today its latest economic study which indicates that the U.S. copyright industries continue to lead the U.S. economy in their contributions to job growth, gross domestic product (GDP), and foreign sales/exports.

Copyright Industries in the U.S. Economy: The 2003-2007 Report, written by Stephen Siwek of Economists Incorporated, was completed for the IIPA and updates eleven previous studies detailing the economic impact and contributions of U.S. copyright industries - including theatrical films, TV programs, home video, DVDs, business software, entertainment software, books, music and sound recordings - on the U.S. economy. This report was released today at an event held at the U.S. Department of Commerce with Secretary of Commerce Gary Locke.

"The 2009 edition of this study shows how significantly the U.S. copyright industries contribute to U.S. job and revenue growth, wages, and to U.S. international trade," said Eric H. Smith of the IIPA. "This study (covering data from 2003-2007), like those that preceded it, strongly supports the continuing need for our government to focus its full attention on the economic and social importance of the creative industries within our 21st century economy. Because these industries that depend on creativity and innovation contribute so significantly to economic growth and job creation in today's economy, our government, and governments throughout the world, must redouble their efforts to provide a safer environment for them to prosper."

Smith added, "The copyright industries are uniquely dependent on governments' willingness to adopt and enforce strong copyright laws that take into account changes in technology and new infringement threats that undermine creativity and innovation and the jobs and revenue that they generate. As globalization expands and Internet broadband penetration grows, our creators, our government and citizens in general must look to the great potential of a world of e-commerce to continue to create new jobs, revenue and to grow international trade. Only through the legal and secure transmission of valuable copyrighted content over the Internet can this continued growth and productivity be fully realized. Piracy threatens that growth and all governments must redouble their efforts to combat it."

Check the full report on the IIPA website.