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Creators frustrated with Copyright Office's outdated technology, procedures

Creators frustrated with Copyright Office's outdated technology, procedures

Aviva Kempner just wanted to buy a song. To find out who owned the song so she could buy the rights to use it, Kempner turned to the Copyright Office, an obscure, century-old federal bureau. It's responsible for the legal underpinnings of the copyright industry, which includes those seeking to protect content as diverse as Hollywood movies and individual nature photographs. ------------ FOR THE RECORD Copyright Office: An article in the June 24 Business section about the outdated operations of the U.S. Copyright Office included a quote from Mary Rasenberger of the Authors Guild. The quote came from her written comment for a congressional hearing, not from an oral statement at...

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