Today, Authors Alliance submitted comments in response to the United States Copyright Office’s recent Notice of Proposed Rulemaking for Modernizing Copyright Recordation. By reducing the barriers to recording transfers of copyright ownership and submitting notices of termination, the proposed rules lay the foundation for improved copyright ownership records and make it easier for authors to exercise their termination rights.
We fully support these goals, which would not only help authors increase the compensation for and dissemination of their own works, but also make it easier for others to find accurate information about the rights in a given work and therefore reduce the number of works likely to become “orphans.” We also suggested that the Office consider:
- providing better incentives for rights holders to record transfers of copyright ownership;
- providing incentives to record transfers by operation of law;
- strengthening incentives to keep ownership contact information accurate and up to date;
- providing a mechanism to record diligent search data for orphan works;
- reducing fees for electronic submission of documents; and
- hiring technologists and economists to support modernization efforts.
Further details can be found in the full text of our comment. Hover over the document below to view the comment in your browser, or download here.20170717_ModernizingCopyrightRecordation_FINAL