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Group Registration of Photographs

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U.S. Copyright Office, Library of Congress.


Extension of comment period.


The United States Copyright Office is extending the deadline for the submission of written comments in response to its December 1, 2016 Notice of Proposed Rulemaking regarding group registration of photographs.


Written comments are now due no later than 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time on January 30, 2017.


The Copyright Office is using the system for the submission and posting of public comments in this proceeding. All comments are therefore to be submitted electronically through Specific instructions for submitting comments are available on the Copyright Office Web site at​rulemaking/​supplementary-registration/​. If electronic submission of comments is not feasible, please contact the Office using the contact information below for special instructions.

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Robert J. Kasunic, Associate Register of Copyrights and Director of Registration Policy and Practice, or Erik Bertin, Deputy Director of Registration Policy and Practice. Each can be reached by telephone at 202-707-8040.

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The United States Copyright Office is proposing to update its regulations governing group registration options for photographers to encourage broader participation in the registration system, increase the efficiency of the registration process, and create a more robust record of the claim. On December 1, 2016, the Office issued a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking seeking public input on this proposal. See 81 FR 86643 (Dec. 1, 2016). To ensure that commenters have sufficient time to respond, the Office is extending the deadline for the submission of comments in response to the Notice to January 30, 2017, at 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time.

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Dated: December 9, 2016.

Sarang V. Damle,

General Counsel and Associate Register of Copyrights.

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[FR Doc. 2016-30071 Filed 12-14-16; 8:45 am]