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Electronic Copyright Office (eCO) Going Live July 1st.

Posted in General Commentary by Jake Ward on June 30, 2008

There is a new online registration system named electronic Copyright Office (eCO), which the Copyright Office plans to release through a portal on its Web site on July 1. Filing an eService claim via eCO offers several advantages:

• lower filing fee of $35 for a basic claim;
• fastest processing time;
• earlier effective date of registration;
• online status tracking;
• secure payment by credit or debit card, electronic check or Copyright Office deposit account;
• and ability to upload certain categories of deposits directly into eCO as electronic files.

Beginning July 1 eCO may be used to register basic claims to copyright for literary works, visual arts works, performing arts works including motion pictures, sound recordings and single serials. Basic claims include (1) a single work, (2) multiple unpublished works if they are by the same author(s) and owned by the same claimant, and (3) multiple published works if they are all first published together in the same publication on the same date and owned by the same claimant.

See this press release for further information.

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