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Statement on the Copyright Office Designated Agent Rule

Washington, DC – Ellen Schrantz, Director Government Affairs and Counsel, issued the following statement following the U.S. Copyright Office Designated Agent Final Ruling:

“The U.S. Copyright Office’s rulemaking today puts tens of thousands of businesses at risk of losing safe harbor protections, a foundational element of U.S. copyright law that underpins the success of the internet industry. Today’s changes place new, unnecessary, and burdensome requirements on businesses that were never intended by Congress. Modernizing the system to designate agents in the digital age is admirable and overdue- but not at the risk of endangering the safe harbor.”