Copyright Claims Board: Representation by Law Students and of Business Entities

Comment Submission

The U.S. Copyright Office is proposing procedures governing representation of parties by law students and representation of business entities by authorized individuals in proceedings before the Copyright Claims Board (CCB), established by the Copyright Alternative in Small-Claims Enforcement (CASE) Act of 2020.

This NPRM proposes specific procedures governing representation issues, including:

  • The threshold eligibility requirements for law students to appear before the CCB, expectations for practice by law students and their supervising attorneys while participating in CCB proceedings, and the creation of a public directory of clinics that are available to accept clients appearing before the CCB.
  • The requirements that must be followed by individuals who will be authorized to represent business entities (including corporations, limited liability companies, partnerships, and sole proprietorships).

Initial comments on this proposed rule are due no later than 11:59 p.m. eastern time on February 3, 2022; reply comments are due no later than 11:59 p.m. eastern time on February 18, 2022.