Copyright Office Reports and Activities
The U.S. Copyright Office advises Congress on copyright policy matters through reports and testimony, works with the Undersecretary of Intellectual Property on various matters such as international treaties, and issues regulations with regard to adminstrative functions that are carreid out by the Office.
Notably, the Office has purview over some issues regarding compulsory and statutory licenses, but is no longer responsible for statutory license royalty rate proceedings. In 2004 Congress transferred to the Copyright Royalty Board responsibility for royalty rate proceedings, royalty collections and distributions.
- Orphan Works Report (Jan 31, 2006) In this report, the Copyright Office discusses the nature of "orphan works", creative works where the copyright owners cannot be identified or located. The Copyright Office makes reccomendations for steps to be taken in the event that an Orphan Work may be used as a component to another creative work.