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Copyright Law: Secondary Sources

A guide to treatises, forms, Copyright Office publications, and books for non-lawyers and practitioners

U.S. Copyright Office

The U.S. Copyright Office is a part of the Library of Congress. Some of the functions of the Copyright Office include administering the copyright law, creating and maintaining a public record of all works and documents through registration of claims and recordation of documents, and providing information and reference services regarding copyrights and recorded documents to the public. 

United States Copyright Office

Compendium of U.S. Copyright Office Practices, Third Edition

The Compendium of U.S. Copyright Office Practices, Third Edition is "the governing administrative manual for registrations and recordations." 

The Register of Copyrights (director of the U.S. Copyright Office) released the Compendium of U.S. Copyright Office Practices, Third Edition in December 2014. The third edition marks the first major revision in more than two decades. The two previous editions were released in 1973 (first) and 1984 (second). 

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