Compendium of U.S. Copyright Practices, 3rd Edition

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2402 The Records Research and Certification Section (RRCS)


2402 The Records Research and Certification Section (RRCS)


The Records Research and Certification Section (“RRCS”) is the section of the U.S. Copyright Office that is primarily responsible for providing access to the Office’s public records, including certificates of registration, applications, deposits, correspondence related to copyright registrations and renewals, recorded documents, and certificates of recordation.


Specifically, RRCS provides the following services to the public:


• Providing access to the Office’s completed catalogs, indexes, and/or other public records.


• Searching the Office’s public records and preparing written reports concerning the information contained therein.


• Facilitating requests to inspect deposits and other public records.


• Providing copies of the Office’s public records for use in litigation or other authorized purposes.


• Preparing additional copies of certificates of registration or renewal.


• Certifying Office records.


These services are described in more detail in Sections 2406 through 2409 below.


RRCS is part of the U.S. Copyright Office’s Office of Public Records and Repositories. Among other responsibilities, this Office processes requests for full-term retention of deposits. This service is discussed in Section 2410 below.


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