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Copyright Office Issues Final Rule to Reflect Recent Reorganization

Issue No. 899 - June 22, 2021


The U.S. Copyright Office has updated its regulations to implement the Office’s May 2021 reorganization. The reorganization is intended to improve the Office’s effectiveness and efficiency by renaming divisions and realigning certain reporting structures and reflects the agency structure for the new copyright small-claims tribunal established by the Copyright Alternative in Small-Claims Enforcement (“CASE”) Act of 2020. The final rule reflects these organizational changes by making the following updates to the Office’s regulations: (1) it realigns the Office of the Director of Operations (formerly the Office of the Chief of Operations) and subordinate offices, (2) it renames certain organizational elements and senior positions in the Office of Copyright Records (formerly the Office of Public Records and Repositories) and the Office of the Director of Operations, (3) it adds a section for the Copyright Claims Board, and (4) it updates office and division descriptions to reflect current responsibilities.

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