Electronic Deposits and Best Edition Policy Study

The Copyright Office, in collaboration with the Library of Congress, is undertaking a public study to evaluate the best edition requirement for registration deposits to the Copyright Office (under section 408 of the Copyright Act) and mandatory deposits for the Library of Congress (under section 407 of the Copyright Act). The study will examine the connection between section 407 and 408 deposits relative to best edition requirements, the effect the best edition requirement has on registration, and the expanding role of electronic deposits in building the Library’s collections. The study will also address the impact any changes to the current system would have on registrants, the registration system, and the Library’s ability to grow its collections.

On June 3, 2022, the Office issued a notice of inquiry seeking public comments, which were due on July 18, 2022.