Maria Pallante Removed as Head of Copyright Office

Horrible news emanated from the Library of Congress on Friday morning when the notice of the firing of Maria Pallante was made public. This move is unheard of for the position of the US Register of Copyrights where historically the Register has stepped down or retired. Pallante was informed of her change in roles by being locked out of her […]

U.S. Copyright Office Releases the Compendium of U.S. Copyright Office Practices, Third Edition

Register of Copyrights Maria A. Pallante today released the official version of the Compendium of U.S. Copyright Office Practices, Third Edition (the “Third Edition”). It is available on the Office’s website at The Third Edition is effective as of today’s date and is the governing administrative manual for registrations and recordations issued by the Office on or after […]

Digital Media Licensing Association Submits Comments to Copyright Office On Making Available Right

 by Nancy Wolff, PACA Counsel On September 15, 2014, Nancy Wolf, on behalf of the Digital Media Licensing Association, Inc., together with various visual arts associations (The National Press Photographers Association (“NPPA”), American Society of Media Photographers, (“ASMP”), Graphic Artists Guild (“GAG”)) who signed on to the letter, responded to the Copyright Office’s Notice of […]

PACA Participates In Copyright Office Roundtable

PACA Participates In Copyright Office Roundtable On State of U.S. law recognizing and protecting “making available” and “communication to the public” rights for copyright holders.  On May 5, Nancy Wolff attended a Copyright Office roundtable hearing on behalf of PACA. The subject of the hearing was US compliance with two international treaties– the WIPO Copyright […]


Movies: A Global Passion The U.S. Copyright Office will present a Copyright Matters program in connection with World Intellectual Property Day on Wednesday, April 23, at 1:45 p.m. This year’s theme, as announced by the World Intellectual Property Organization, is “Movies: A Global Passion.” The program will feature remarks from Francis Gurry, Director General of […]

Visual Connections Interview with Cathy Aron, PACA Executive Director

Courtesy of Visual Connections.  Originally published on Visual Connection’s Blog: Michael Masterson and I ( Ellen Herbert) were speaking about the history of our industry. Again and again, one name came up as a leader and advocate for all things stock photography. And as a result, I asked Michael to interview Cathy Aron. Cathy Aron […]

Copyright Office: Notice of Public Roundtables and Request for Additional Comments

The Copyright Office will host public roundtable discussions and seeks further comments on potential legislative solutions for orphan works and mass digitization under U.S. copyright law. The meetings and comments will provide an opportunity for interested parties to address new legal developments as well as issues raised by comments provided in response to the Office’s […]

Copyright Office Releases Report on Copyright Small Claims

By Nancy Wolff, Esq., PACA Counsel On September 30, the Register of Copyrights at the United States Copyright Office published its report on Copyright Small Claims that it delivered to the House Committee on the Judiciary. The report is extensive and reflects the comments of many organizations, the results of public hearings in New York […]

Fourth Circuit Upholds Registration of Database Collection of Photographs

Metropolitan Regional Information Systems, Inc., v. American Home Realty Network, Inc., U.S. Ct. Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, July 17, 2013 By Nancy Wolff Esq., PACA Counsel For those image libraries that relied on instructions from the Copyright Office on how to register images uploaded to a website, only to have various lower level federal […]