On July 6, 2020, Meaghan Kent and Danae Tinelli published “Flexible Copyright Office Guidelines During COVID-19 Pandemic” in Mealey's Litigation Report: Intellectual Property. The following is an excerpt:
The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, passed on March 27, 2020, added Section 710 to the U.S. Copyright Act, which provides temporary authority to the Register of Copyrights to ‘‘toll, waive, adjust, or modify any timing provision . . . or procedural provision’’ in the Copyright Act if a national emergency declared under the National Emergencies Act ‘‘generally disrupts or suspends the ordinary functioning of the copyright system.’’ This temporary authority provides copyright owners with more flexibility and protection over their works during COVID-19 and, as of this writing, will remain in place through July 10, 2020, unless the national emergency ends sooner or another extension is needed. In this article, we outline the various guidelines the Copyright Office (the ‘‘Office’’) is following during this pandemic, including filing extensions, interim rules, and temporary relief for certain claims.