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C O M P E N D I U M : Chapter 100

U.S. Copyright Office and the Copyright Law: General Background

101 The U.S. Copyright Office 3

101.1 History of the U.S. Copyright Office 3

101.2 Organization of the U.S. Copyright Office 5

101.2 (A) Office of the Register 6

101.2 (B) Office of the General Counsel 6

101.2 (C) Office of Policy and International Affairs 6

101.2 (D) Office of Registration Policy and Practice 6

101.2 (E) Office of Public Information and Education 7

101.2 (F) Office of Public Records and Repositories 7

101.2 (G) Copyright Modernization Office 7

101.2 (H) Office of the Chief Financial Officer 7

101.2 (I) Office of the Chief of Operations 8

101.3 Functions of the U.S. Copyright Office 8

101.3 (A) National Copyright Registration and Recordation System 9

101.3 (B) Regulatory Work 11

101.3 (C) Advising Congress and Intergovernmental Work 11

101.3 (D) Administering Statutory Licenses 11

101.4 U.S. Copyright Office Seal 11

102 Sources of Law 12

102.1 Constitutional Basis for and Purpose of Copyright Law 12

102.2 Statutes and Regulations 13

102.2 (A) Copyright Act of 1976 13

102.2 (B) U.S. Copyright Office Regulations 14

102.3 Administrative Procedure Act 14

102.4 Federal Court Decisions 14

102.5 State Laws 15

                                                                                                                       C O M P E N D I U M O F U . S . C O P Y R I G H T O F F I C E P R A C T I C E S , Third Edition

102.6 Territorial Scope of U.S. Copyright Law 15

102.7 Timeline of Selected Historical Dates in U.S. Copyright Law 16

C O M P E N D I U M : Chapter 100

U.S. Copyright Office and the Copyright Law: General Background

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