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 U.S. Copyright Office Home Page - forms and information 
NEW:  Copyright Office Publishes Recent Review Board Decisions [database is here, for April 2016 to present]

United States: new, user-friendly Web search site: Search Copyright Office Records
U.S. Copyright Office - Preregister Your Work - to counter prerelease infringement     

Copyright permissions: links to and contact information for multiple media resources

@ErikJHeels »Drawing That Explains Copyright Law
U.S. Copyright Office - Fees - in effect as of May 1, 2014
Postal mailing
addresses, US Copyright Office
Protect client's proprietary software code in copyright filings:
Code Obfuscation for Patent and Court Filings

A Fair(y) Use Tale | Stanford Center for Internet and Society - (or at YouTube - A Fair(y) Use Tale)
- Prof. Eric Faden of Bucknell University created this humorous, yet informative, review of copyright principles
Copyright Duration - a chart

The WATCH File: Writers, Artists and Their Copyright Holders
An Education in Copyright Law
The Copyright Law and Litigation Resource - Robert J. Kusinic, Esq., U.S. Copyright Office, Associate Register of Copyrights, and Director of Registration Policy and Practices

Fair Use 
 and other American Library Association resources for copyright
NEW: 12/31/2017 deadline:  DMCA *annual* agent registration requirement

Your website clients could be confused, thinking they already provided the info to the Copyright Office years ago
--and yes, they may have, but on paper.  Now, the Office requires the info to be entered through its on-line system, even if there is no change from the "old" paper info.  Also, under current law, the agent info entry must be renewed every 3 years.  Your clients may have had the info on file for years, but now they will need to update/re-confirm it
every three years.

"The new online registration system may be found here:
For additional information and tutorials offered by the Copyright Office, visit this link: "

Baruch College's Guide To Using Copyrighted Media in Your Courses
Fair Use — Columbia Copyright Advisory Office
The Online Books Page: Book Listings
EFF: Legal Guide for Bloggers 
Yahoo! Employee Blog Guidelines: The official version and my own advice (by Jeremy Zawodny)
NEW:  Cross-Border Copyright Guide 2017, from TerraLex firms  [link and .pdf]

SongFile: songs, licensing, etc. - SongFile Home
copyrightfriendly - home - mainly free sources of licensed material
- performance rights representation
      BMI-Broadcast Music, Inc.: -
BMI Licensing
The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers
     SESAC -
Welcome to SESAC

- musical copyrights:  
The Harry Fox Agency and Public Domain Music
- written material: - Instant Clearance Service
- video use:
MPLC | Motion Picture Licensing Corporation
PRELINGER.COM - over 60,000 "ephemeral" films (advertising, educational, industrial, and amateur) 

Right of Publicity--for deceased personalities:
California Business Portal - Special Filings - Successor-In-Interest

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