U.S. Customs and Border Protection announced Sept. 12 that it has begun accepting online applications for recordation of unregistered copyrights through the Intellectual Property Rights Electronic Recordation System. Each unregistered copyright recordation will be valid for nine months, with a potential one-time 90-day extension, while the copyright’s application for registration is pending with the U.S. Copyright Office. During this time the unregistered copyrights will receive the same benefits of border protection and enforcement as copyrights that are registered with the USCO. CBP states that this new process meets a requirement of the Trade Facilitation and Trade Enforcement Act.
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