Reading 2.0 has gotten ahold of the Copyright Offices submission to Congress after Judge Chin’s opinion. They have posted it, with permission, on Scribd. You can find the whole thing here. Unfortunately I can’t copy or paste from Scribd, or at least I don’t know how, so you’ll have to go over there. Reading 2.0 posted this snippet:
” Judge Chin’s opinion was very well received at the Library of Congress, as it reflects the significant concerns expressed about the proposed settlement by both the Department of Justice and the Copyright Office. Among these are the basic tenets that exclusive rights afforded by copyright law may not be usurped as a matter of convenience, and policy initiatives, including those that would redefine the relationship of copyright and technology, are the proper domain of Congress, not the Courts.”
They don’t need permission to post it on Scribd. It’s a publication of the federal government. That makes it public domain.
So the Copyright Office is willing to take on the task of creating and maintaining a database of every work created, then? So that we can always have a clear chain of title, and we always know who to negotiate with regarding rights, and we always know that this entity will always be reachable, and will respond in a timely manner?
Or do they just think that somebody should do this–not them, of course, they don’t have the resources, but somebody.
This whole situation is like someone yelling “get off my lawn! this is private property!” at a neighbor who wants to give him CPR, reasoning that rescue services ought to be the government’s job.
The Library of Congress (of which the Copyright Office is a part) already collects and stores this information on every work submitted to them, as well as the document itself. So, yes, they’re willing to take on the task for works produced in the United States.