The Register of Copyrights of the U.S. Copyright Office has issued a list of priorities for the next two years regarding copyright policy and administrative practice. The paper, Priorities and Special Projects of the United States Copyright Office is here.
- Electronic Registration
- In the area of policy:
- Small Claims Solutions for Copyright Owners. The Copyright Office anticipates publishing a study in October 2013 on this topic, with public comments due on January 16, 2012
- Legal Treatment of Pre-1972 Sound Recordings
- Mass Book Digitization. The Office is analyzing the issues relating to the Google Book Search litigation and plans to publish its findings later this month.
- On the legislative front:
- Rogue Websites
- Illegal Streaming
- Public Performance in Sound Recordings
- Orphan Works
- Copyright Exceptions for Libraries
- Market Based Licensing for Cable and Satellite Retransmission
- Trade and Foreign Relations:
- Trans-Pacific Partnership and other Trade Priorities
There is also a section addressing the Administrative Law Practice and Special Projects.
In Special Projects, the Register indicated that the Office is now working on a long-overdue revision to the Compendium of Copyright Office Practices, last updated in 1998. The Office anticipates issuing the revised Compendium in October 2013.