U.S. Copyright Office Issues Notice of Proposed Rulemaking Regarding Access to Electronic Deposits

Issue No. 1018 - September 1, 2023

The Copyright Office has issued a notice of proposed rulemaking to update its regulations regarding electronic deposits of published works submitted to the Office eligible for selection by the Library of Congress for addition to its collections. The proposed rule expands the categories of electronic deposits covered by current regulations with the same limitations on access as currently in place. The proposed changes are part of ongoing steps by the Library and the Office to encourage the submission of works in electronic form and reduce the need for copyright owners to deposit physical copies.

The notice of proposed rulemaking and instructions on how to submit comments are available here. Comments must be received no later than October 2, 2023, at 11:59 p.m. eastern time. Reply comments are due by 11:59 p.m. eastern time on October 16, 2023.