Texas Trademark Lawyer Tamera Bennett

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COPYRIGHT OFFICE REVISES SEARCH DATABASE

by Tamera H. BennettAugust 7, 2007

FROM THE COPYRIGHT OFFICE

IMPROVED COPYRIGHT SEARCH SYSTEM TO REPLACE CURRENT SEARCH SYSTEMS IN MID AUGUST

In mid August, the Copyright Office will launch a powerful new records search system that accesses more than 20 million digital records of registrations and recorded documents from 1978 to the present. The new system allows searching by title, name, keyword, and registration or document number. Through a command keyword search, elements of any or all fields can be combined to search the records.

Users can also search by type of work, such as sound recordings, dramas, motion pictures, visual materials, or preregistrations. The search method combines three separate databases that previously permitted only limited searching. The search tool uses Voyager software, the same system used by the Library of Congress Online Catalog.

For a tutorial on searching with the new system, go to:

http://www.copyright.gov/records