U.S. Copyright Office Releases New Technology

Jun 27, 2008

The Copyright Office announced that it will enter the next phase in the implementation of its business process reengineering effort to modernize operations from a paper-based to a Web-based processing environment. At the center of the reengineering initiative is a new online registration system named electronic Copyright Office (eCO). Filing an eService claim via eCO allows for a lower filing fee; online status tracking; secure payment by credit or debit card, electronic check or Copyright Office deposit account; and ability to upload certain categories of deposits directly into eCO as electronic files. Users who intend to submit a hard copy of the work being registered may file an application and payment online. eCO may be used to register basic claims to copyright for literary works, visual arts works, performing arts works including motion pictures, sound recordings, and single serials.

 (www.copyright.gov, www.loc.gov)