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2103 Intent, Purpose, and Impact on Renewal Registration


2103 Intent, Purpose, and Impact on Renewal Registration


The Copyright Renewal Act of 1992 (“Renewal Act”) substantially amended the current law with regard to renewal registration. Pub. L. No. 102-307, 106 Stat. 264, effective June 26, 1992. Among other issues, it sought to bring registration requirements for works still in their original term in 1992 (i.e., works published, or registered as unpublished works, from 1964 through 1977) more in line with registration requirements for works governed by the current copyright law. For such works, the act made original and renewal registration optional for statutory protection to extend into the renewal term. However, to encourage authors and proprietors to continue to register their works for the original term and make timely renewal registrations, it provided certain benefits for timely renewal registration. See Section 2107.


The act also provided for registration at any time while a work is under copyright, including the renewal term. This means a renewal claim can be registered at any time from the last year of the original term through the renewal term, regardless of whether a registration was made for the original term before that term expired.


Finally, to make the renewal registration record more useful to the public, the act provided within the renewal registration record itself a more efficient means of 1 17 U.S.C. § 304 (B) took effect on October 19, 1976 under the Transitional and Supplementary Provisions of the Copyright Act of 1976. Pub. L. No. 94-553, app. A, tit. I, § 102, 90 Stat. 2541 (1976). identifying the current owner of the renewal copyright at the time of registration where renewal title may have changed from its point of initial vesting.


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