[Federal Register Volume 77, Number 171 (Tuesday, September 4, 2012)]
[Proposed Rules]
[Page 53829]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2012-21703]



Copyright Office

37 CFR Part 202

[Docket No. 2012-3]

Registration of Copyright: Definition of Claimant

AGENCY: Copyright Office, Library of Congress.

ACTION: Notice of Proposed Rulemaking: Extension of Reply Comment 


SUMMARY: The Copyright Office is extending the reply comment period on 
the proposed rule to amend its regulations governing the definition of 
a ``claimant'' for purposes of copyright registration by eliminating 
the footnote to the definition of a ``claimant'' in Sec.  

DATES: Reply comments must be received in the Copyright Office no later 
than 5:00 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time (EDT) on October 4, 2012.

ADDRESSES: The Copyright Office strongly prefers that comments be 
submitted electronically. A comment page containing a comment form is 
posted on the Copyright Office Web site at http://www/copyright.gov/
docs/claimantfn. The online form contains fields for required 
information including the name and organization of the commenter, as 
applicable, and the ability to upload comments as an attachment. To 
meet accessibility standards, all comments must be uploaded in a single 
file in either the Adobe Portable Document File (PDF) format that 
contains searchable, accessible text (not an image); Microsoft Word; 
WordPerfect; Rich Text Format (RTF); or ASCII text file format (not a 
scanned document). The maximum file size is 6 megabytes (MB). The names 
of the submitter and, if applicable, the organization should appear on 
both the form and the face of the comments. All comments will be posted 
publicly on the Copyright Office Web site exactly as they are received, 
along with names and organizations. If electronic submission of 
comments is not feasible, please contact the Copyright Office at 202-
707-8380 for special instructions.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Robert Kasunic, Deputy General 
Counsel, Copyright Office, GC/I&R, P.O. Box 70400, Washington, DC 
20024. Telephone: (202) 707-8380. Fax: (202) 707-8366.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: On May 17, 2012, the Copyright Office 
published a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking seeking comments on its 
proposal to amend the definition of a ``claimant'' by removing the 
footnote to the definition in Sec.  202.3(a)(3)(ii). In response to 
this Notice, the Copyright Office received three comments that are 
posted on the Office's Web site at: http://www.copyright.gov/docs/claimantfn/comments/index.html.
    At the conclusion of the comment period, the online comment 
submission form was removed from the Web site and was not replaced with 
a reply comment submission form during the established reply comment 
period. Although the Office is not aware of any attempts to submit a 
reply comment, the Copyright Office is extending the reply comment 
period in this rulemaking for an additional 30 days as a result of the 
error with the submission form, and invites replies to the initial 
comments submitted.

    Dated: August 29, 2012.
David O. Carson,
General Counsel.
[FR Doc. 2012-21703 Filed 8-31-12; 8:45 am]