U.S. Copyright Office Assigning New Deposit Account Numbers to Existing Account Holders

Issue No. 960 - May 9, 2022

The U.S. Copyright Office is preparing to make digitized versions of its public records available online to the general public. Because some of these records display active Copyright Office deposit account numbers, the Copyright Office is proactively making changes to its deposit accounts. These changes are in addition to the proposed amendments to the Copyright Office’s regulations governing remitter payments for Office services and requirements for maintaining a deposit account.

Beginning June 6, 2022, the Copyright Office will assign new account numbers to all active compliant deposit accounts. Inactive, noncompliant accounts will be closed in accordance with Office regulations and practices. Any remaining funds in closed accounts will be refunded to the account holder on file.

Additionally, saved templates—including templates used in eCO—that contain a deposit account number will be discarded in the future. Applicants will be able to create new templates upon issuance of the new account number.

As the Copyright Office updates its systems, deposit account holders will be assigned a dedicated Copyright Office staff member as a point of contact to keep them informed throughout this transition to provide account holder assistance. The Copyright Office will also host an informational webinar on June 8, 2022, to provide outreach and awareness concerning these changes. Participants must register to attend. Request Americans with Disabilities Act accommodations five business days in advance at (202) 707-6362 or [email protected].

If you have questions regarding deposit accounts or any of these changes, email [email protected] or call (202) 707-6896.