Wednesday, May 20, 2009

© 2009? Wishful Thinking, Perhaps, as Backlog Mounts; Washington Post, 5/19/09

Lyndsey Layton via Washington Post; © 2009? Wishful Thinking, Perhaps, as Backlog Mounts:

"A serious logjam in the U.S. Copyright Office has created a growing mountain of paper applications, more than the staff can process. Like the marching buckets of water in "The Sorcerer's Apprentice," the envelopes just keep coming, threatening to flood the operation.

The problem has tripled the processing time for a copyright from six to 18 months, and delays are expected to get worse in coming months. The library's inspector general has warned that the backlog threatens the integrity of the U.S. copyright system.

The irony is that the slowdown stems from a new $52 million electronic process that is supposed to speed the way writers and others register their literary, musical or visual work.

The delays do not appear to be hampering the business of the major publishing houses or those willing to spend $685 for a "special handling fee" that expedites registration. But the slowdown is frustrating hundreds of thousands of little-known people with big dreams."

1 comment:

Carol said...

Interesting article, thanks for posting. It certainly reduces the Copyright office to mere theory. AND why should paying an extra fee expedite the process? While that may sound logical, it isn't, it's undemocratic.
Carol Johnston