U.S. Copyright Office Practices: First Major Change in More Than Two Decades

Those endeavoring to protect their artistic masterpiece under United States copyright law know that the process of acquiring such protection is more involved than one might expect. The route to having a work federally registered and protected can be a confusing, but necessary, maze, unforgiving of any applicant’s wrong turn. The U.S. Copyright Office (“Copyright Office”), however, has recently re-blazed the safest trails through that maze so that the relevant law and procedure of copyright protection is more accessible and understandable. Compendium III Article – Copyright changes

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