Copyright Law News - Operations Updates for U.S. Copyright Office Amidst Physical Shutdown

March 18, 2020

As reported on the website, "Operations Updates During the COVID-19 Pandemic,"  all Library of Congress buildings, which includes the U.S. Copyright Office, will be closed to the public until Wednesday, April 1, 2020, at 8:30 a.m. to reduce the risk of transmitting COVID-19 coronavirus. If you are a user of U.S. Copyright Office services, submit your applications online, browse FAQs, and submit emails with questions through You may also reach the Copyright Office by phone at (202) 707-3000.

The U.S. Copyright Office continues to be open through the website for online registration, searching copyright-related records, and learning about copyright topics. The agency is also receiving registration applications and recorded documents sent by mail. The agency is unable to accept deliveries by personal courier at this time, though it is currently accepting deliveries via U.S. Postal mail and commercial delivery services such as UPS, FedEx, and DHS.

Individuals filing applications online can submit an electronic deposit of their work if a physical version is required with the applications, the office said. Examiners working remotely will then review the claims within five business days.

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