Copyright Office Proposes Amendments to Deposit Requirements

The Copyright Office is proposing to amend its regulations governing the deposit requirements for applications for automated databases that consist predominantly of photographs. The proposed amendments would require that, in addition to providing the identifying material traditionally required for registration of automated databases, deposits for photographic databases shall include the image of each photograph in which copyright is claimed. This requirement was already included in the recently announced interim regulation governing online applications to register databases that consist predominantly of photographs. (SeeFederal Register 76 FR 4072.) The Office believes that this amendment will align the deposit requirements for such databases with the deposit requirements for published or unpublished photographs as a single work or group registration of published photographs and provide a better public record identifying the scope of the copyright claim. Comments must be received no later than February 28, 2011. (Read more.)

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