Authored by Michelle Briggs, November 20, 2015 at 3:54 pm

“Be the change you want to see in the world,” says the Dalai Lama.  Well, as far a copyright law goes, here is our chance.

The U.S. Copyright Office has released a public draft of its Strategic Plan to modernize its services and policies. The plan is holistic in nature, updating everything from tech to policy to employment, and will take five years to fully implement. The Copyright Office states: “The Strategic Plan sets forth a roadmap for re-envisioning almost all of the Copyright Office’s services, including how customers register claims, submit deposits, record documents, share data, and access expert resources.” Some notable performance objectives include:

  • Establishing new and updated legal rules and practices;
  • Making copyright records more easily searchable and accessible to the public, including granting access to pre-1978 records online; and,
  • Full renovation of the web and tech architecture, including a brand new website.

The plan will take effect on December 1, 2015. Until then, there is an open forum to submit feedback and comments.

To view the Public Draft and/or submit comments or suggestions click HERE.