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October 26, 2017

Copyright Rule Proposal: Group Registration for Unpublished Works

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Recently the Copyright Office has had many rule proposals. These are done in an effort to make the office more efficient and bring clarity to the registration process. The most recent rule proposal deals with "unpublished collections". 

The proposed rule would require all registrants to submit an electronic application and upload all images instead of mailing them in. This process would allow the Copyright office to quickly review applications and determine if the images are copyrightable. 

This is a great first step in attempting to cut down the time it takes for a registrant to receive their certificate of copyright; however, this does not address the bigger problem.  Many creators are still struggling in determining when something is considered published or unpublished. When the requirement was first created it was easy to separate the two. If the image was printed then it was considered published. However, in the digital media age, this becomes extremely difficult since we are constantly sharing on social media, submitting galleries etc. 

Many of these rule changes are a step in the right direction, but sadly we still have a long way to go to ensure that the copyright office is fully able to work for the creators it was meant to protect. 

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