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Free Copyright Seminar on May 5th

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Best Practices Workshop

The Software and Information Industry Association is hosting the Copyright Registration Best Practices Workshop in Washington, DC on May 5 from noon to 2:15 p.m. EST.  Attendance in person or via webcast is free. RSVP at


Ted Hirakawa, Assistant Chief, Literary Division, U.S. Copyright Office
William Briganti, Assistant Chief, Visual Arts Division, U.S. Copyright Office

Topics that will be addressed:

• Best practices within the context of changed registration procedures
• Current ways of submitting claims within the Office’s electronic registration system.
• Recent developments in copyright registration, especially those for works disseminated electronically, e.g., database claims, works published within websites, works fixed in newer formats.
• The speakers will also present a demonstration of the electronic system in which we’re now examining claims to copyright and creating permanent registration records.

Be proactive and learn how to protect yourself and your work by attending the seminar in person or via webinar.

Copyright Alliance Supports Suit Against Google

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Accolades for the Artist Groups that Worked Together

Patrick Ross, Executive Director of the Copyright Alliance, applauded artists of every kind in a blog post yesterday for working together to protect their rights by filing a lawsuit to halt the Google Library Project. He cited John Schmelzer, President of the Graphic Artists Guild, for his personal and professional support. Read the blog post and the “Disclosure” remarks about Mr. Schmelzer at the Copyright Alliance’s website.  You may also visit the Guild’s main website here.

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