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Thread #48485   Message #729408
Posted By: Alice
13-Jun-02 - 03:36 PM
Thread Name: Help: Artwork copyright in USA
Subject: RE: Help: Artwork copyright in USA
To answer how long it takes... the September 11 attack and anthrax scare disrputed copyright mail. Here is the notice from the Library of congress:

"Mail Delivery Disruption

U.S. Postal Service (USPS) mail delivery to the Copyright Office was suspended between October 17, 2001, and March 4, 2002, due to concerns about anthrax. Only in late April did the Office start receiving, on a daily basis, significant amounts of held mail. This mail is being delivered in no particular order. In other words, the oldest mail is not necessarily arriving any sooner than recent mail.

Copyright Office staff are working to process this recently received mail as quickly as possible, but it could be several months before all of this mail is processed.

Private carrier express shipments generally are arriving without delay. While not endorsing any particular carrier, the Copyright Office is continuing to encourage the use of such private carriers. Examples of carriers include Airborne Express, DHL Worldwide Express, Federal Express, and United Parcel Service, among others. For more information relating to the mail disruption, please read below.

Why is the mail being delayed?

Concerns about anthrax in U.S. Postal Service facilities in the District of Columbia caused severe disruptions of postal service to the Copyright Office, and safety measures are being implemented including the possibility of irradiating incoming letters and packages.
When did mail delivery resume?

On March 4 the Copyright Office received its first delivery of U.S. Postal Service mail since October 17. This mail, much of which was irradiated prior to its delivery to the Office, has a mixture of postmarks dated October 2001 up to the present. Initially, the amounts were small, but now the Office is receiving large amounts of backlogged mail, much more than can be processed on a daily basis.

What effect has the irradiation had on the mail?

Among the mail received so far, some pieces are in good shape, and some have problems. The latter includes brittle, discolored applications, damaged deposits, and materials fused together.

Will the Office contact me if my mail has some of these problem?

Yes, but it may be several months before you hear from the Office. It may be the end of September 2002 before the Office actually processes all the mail that has been posted since mid-October 2001.

What will happen to my effective date of registration?

Normally, the effective date of registration is the day the Copyright Office actually receives all three elements:

a properly completed application form, the appropriate filing fee, and a deposit of the work being registered.

However, due to the lengthy delays in mail delivery, special measures are being taken for this delayed mail only. The Copyright Office will determine the receipt date based on the postmark date of the envelope or packaging, as follows: