Copyright Office Releases an Updated Draft of the Compendium of U.S. Copyright Office Practices, Third Edition

Acting Register of Copyrights Karyn Temple Claggett today released a revised draft of the Compendium
of U.S. Copyright Office Practices, Third Edition. This draft includes the first proposed updates to the
Compendium since its release in December 2014. The public draft is available on the Office’s website at It will go into effect on July 3, 2017.

The Compendium is the administrative manual of the Register of Copyrights concerning the mandate
and statutory duties of the Copyright Office under Title 17 of the United States Code. See 37 CFR. §
 The proposed updates are the result of a comprehensive review of the Office’s practices
and procedures. The draft revisions to the registration chapters clarify how and when the Office
communicates with applicants and how it handles duplicate claims, deposit requirements, and claims
involving multiple works, among other improvements. The update also provides preliminary guidance
for claims involving useful articles based on the Supreme Court’s recent decision in Star Athletica v.
Varsity Brands.