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Copyright Office Discontinues COVID Measures

The Copyright Office discontinued its COVID-related provisions as of December 31, 2021. The provisions were implemented in March 2020 after the CARES Act authorized the Register of Copyrights to temporarily adjust timing or procedural provisions of the Copyright Act. The provisions had been due to expire in September, but were extended by the Copyright Office. The COVID provisions modified the timing requirements for copyright registration, recognizing that the closure of businesses and travel restrictions made the registration process difficult.