Copyright Office Requests Public Comment on Funding and Implementation of IT Modernization Plan
Issue No. 610 - February 29, 2016

The U.S. Copyright Office is seeking public input to inform the funding strategy and implementation timeline for the Office’s Provisional Informational Technology Modernization Plan.

The IT Plan provides for an IT system that can meet the current and future needs of a modern copyright agency by minimizing costly infrastructure requirements, embracing cloud services, and utilizing mobile technologies. When that plan is implemented, the Office will, among other things, be able to accept copyright registrations through third-party apps on mobile devices and offer direct, real-time access to the Office’s database of information about copyrighted works through an API. IT modernization is a central component of the Office’s Strategic Plan for 2016-2020, published December 1, 2015, and the plan will be further refined in the coming months working with Congress, the Library and Copyright Office customers.

The Notice of Inquiry, and instructions on how to submit a comment, are available here. Written comments must be received no later than March 31, 2016, at 11:59 p.m. eastern time.

A limited number of hard copies of the IT Plan are available by email request, or by visiting Room LM-403 of the James Madison Memorial Building, 101 Independence Ave. SE, Washington, D.C.