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U.S. Copyrights

Last Loaded on Web: Tuesday, October 01, 2013

Last Update To Bluesheet: December 23, 2008

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File Description Dialog File Data Special Features Sample Record Sort
Subject Coverage Database Content DIALINDEX/OneSearch Categories Basic Index Rank
Sources Document Types Indexed Contact Additional Indexes Predefined Format Options
Tips Geographic Coverage Terms and Conditions Limit Rates


File Description [top]

U.S. Copyrights, produced by The Dialog Corporation, provides access to registration details for all active copyright and mask-work registrations on file at the U.S. Copyright Office. The database has been designed primarily as a fast screening tool for checking the ownership and registration status of a particular work. The database is also useful for checking a particular individual's or entity's portfolio of registered works.

The database contains three type of records: monograph records, serial records, and legal document records. Monograph and serial records contain information on the initial registration and renewal of a work. Legal document records contain information on assignments and other information pertaining to the ownership status.

Each record contains the title of the work, the owner's name, the registration number, an indication of whether the work is published or unpublished, the class and retrieval code assigned by the U.S. Copyright Office, and other pertinent information about the work and nature of the registration. Registered works that have been renewed are also in the database with the status designation of renewal.



Tips [top]

USE FILE 120

to monitor copyright registrations and ownership

USE EXPAND CL= OR RC=

to identify particular classes of copyrighted works

USE THE LIMIT /D

to restrict an ownership search to legal documents only

     SELECT KISSELBACH/CO,D



Subject Coverage [top]

U.S. Copyrights includes works registered under the Copyright Act of 1976 and subsequent amendments, including the Semiconductor Chip Protection Act of 1984.



Sources [top]

Basic data are obtained directly from Catalog Distribution Service of the Library of Congress in conjunction with the U.S. Copyright Office. File enhancements are created by Dialog.



Dialog File Data [top]

Dates Covered: Active registrations: January 1, 1978 to the present
File Size: 14.4 million active registrations and renewals as of October 2004
Update Frequency: Weekly (approximately 10,000 new records of which 80% are registrations/renewals, 15% are legal document records, and 5% are changes to existing records; serials are updated every 6 months)


Database Content [top]

  • Directories


Document Types Indexed [top]

  • NA


Geographic Coverage [top]

  • US Only


Geographic Restrictions [top]

  • None


Special Features [top]

  • ERA Available
  • Graduate Education Program
  • KWIC and HILIGHT Available
  • DIALOG Alert Available


DialIndex/OneSearch Categories [top]

ACRONYM CATEGORY NAME
GOVT Government
LAW Legal Information


Contact [top]

The U.S. COPYRIGHTS database is supplied by Dialog;. Questions concerning file content should be directed to:

Dialog LLC
The Knowledge Center
2250 Perimeter Park Drive
Suite 300

Morrisville, NC 27560

Telephone: 919.804.6400
800 Line: 1-800-3DIALOG
Fax: 919.804.6410
E-Mail: customer@dialog.com


Terms and Conditions [top]

For Dialog's Redistribution and Archive Policy, enter HELP ERA online. The following terms and conditions also apply.

U.S. Copyrights (File 120):

Data may not be duplicated in hard copy or machine-readable form without the written authorization of Dialog, 2440 El Camino Real, Mountain View, CA 94040, USA except that limited reproduction of printed output is permitted for distribution within the user's internal operation only. Under no circumstances may copies produced under this provision be offered for resale or sale. Dialog makes no representation or warranties, express or implied, including warranties of merchantability or fitness for a particular purpose. In no event shall Dialog be liable for indirect, special, incidental, or consequential damages. Dialog expressly disclaims responsibility for the accuracy of information originated from the U.S. Copyright Office, Catalog Distribution Service, Library of Congress or its publications, and any errors or omissions in databases partially or wholly comprised of such information or publications.


Dialog Standard Terms & Conditions apply.


SAMPLE RECORD - MASK WORK COPYRIGHT [top]

    DIALOG(R)File 120:US Copyrights 
    (c) format only 1998 The Dialog Corp. All rts. reserv. 
     
              07392755 
  /TF, /TI   ISDN   echo -cancellation  circuit (IEC-Q) PEB 2091 
  CL=            CLASS:  MW (Mask Works) 
  RC=            LC RETRIEVAL CODE: Z (Mask Works) 
  ST=            STATUS: Registered 
  RN=            REGISTRATION NUMBER: MW7831 
  DR=, YR=            DATE REGISTERED: September 27, 1991 (19910927) 
              DATE OF FIRST EXPLOITATION: March 27, 1990 
  /CO, CO=, OW=            OWNER(s):  Siemens, A.G. 
              LIMITATION OR NEW MATTER: NM: "new & original mask work." 
              REGISTRATION DEPOSIT: 4 semiconductor chips in housings & col. 
                composite plot. 
  /NF, /NT            MISCELLANEOUS: C.O. corres. 
     

SAMPLE RECORD - SOUND RECORDING COPYRIGHT

    DIALOG(R)File 120:US Copyrights 
    (c) format only 1998 The Dialog Corp. All rts. reserv. 
     
              03724565 
  /TI, /TF   Oh, yes I can  / [performed by] David Crosby 
  CL=            CLASS:  SR (Sound Recordings) 
  RC=            LC RETRIEVAL CODE: U (Sound Recordings) 
  ST=            STATUS: Registered 
  RN=            REGISTRATION NUMBER: SR100693 
  DR=, YR=            DATE REGISTERED: February 26, 1989 (19890226) 
              DATE OF CREATION: 1988 
              DATE OF PUBLICATION: January 23, 1989 
  AU=            AUTHOR(s): Crosby, David; Parti, Jay; Dilz, Henry; Rapoport, 
                Aaron; A&M Records, Inc 
              APPLICATION AUTHOR(s): recording & artwork: A & M Records, Inc., 
                employer for hire. 
  /CO, CO=, OW=            OWNER(s):  (c) (p) A&M Records, Inc. 
  /NF, /NT            CONTENTS: Drive my car. 
                        Melody. 
                        Monkey and the underdog. 
                        In the wide ruin. 
                        Tracks in the dust. 
                        Drop down Mama. 
                        Lady of the harbor. 
                        Distances. 
                        Flying man. 
                        Oh, yes I can. 
                        My country 'tis of thee. 
  /NF, /NT            NOTES: Frontcover photography: Jay Parti; back cover photography: 
                Henry Dilz; inner sleeve photo.: Aaron Rapoport. 
  /NF, /NT            IMPRINT: A & M Records CD 5232, c1989. 
              REGISTRATION DEPOSIT: 1 compact disc. 
     
     


SAMPLE RECORD - ASSIGNMENT OF RIGHTS (LEGAL DOCUMENT) [top]

    DIALOG(R)File 120:US Copyrights 
    (c) format only 1998 The Dialog Corp. All rts. reserv. 
     
              07698701 
    All over again & 7 other titles; musical compositions.  By Donald 
    Kisselbach, Jr. & co-writers where noted.  Assignment of copyright. 
  /CO, CO=, OW=, /PF, PF=            PARTY OF THE FIRST:  Kisselbach , Donald, Jr 
  /CO, CO=, OW=, /PS, PS=            PARTY OF THE SECOND: Ensign  Music Corporation & Kisselbox Music 
  DT=            DOC TYPE: Assignment of Copyright 
  /TF, /TI            WORKS: All over again. Co-writer: Martin Druckman. 
                     Come back (with my heart). Co-writers: Lou Merlino, Martin 
                       Druckman & B. King. 
                     I still dream. Co-writer: Martin Druckman. 
                     I wanna show the world. 
                     I'm not afraid to be in love. Co-writer: James Lewis. 
                     Modern woman. 
                     Secrets in the night. Co-writer: Martin Druckman. 
                     You know you got it. Co-writer: Martin Druckman. 
              DATE(s) OF EXECUTION: as of October 08, 1991 
              DATE RECORDED: December 02, 1991 
              MICROFILM: V002699 P257 
     

SAMPLE RECORD - SERIAL COPYRIGHT

    DIALOG(R)File 120:US Copyrights 
    (c) format only 1998 The Dialog Corp. All rts. reserv. 
     
              00345772 
  /TF, /TI   Behavior research methods, instruments & computers : a journal of the 
    Psychonomic Society, Inc. / Joseph B. Sidowski, editor ... [et al.]. -- 
    Vol. 16, no. 1, Feb. 1984 
  CL=            CLASS:  TX (Textual Works); Serial 
  ST=            STATUS: Registered 
  RN=            REGISTRATION NUMBER: TX4077770 
  DR=              Registered: May 22, 1995 (19950522). (Psychonomic Society, Inc. 
                (employer for hire)) 
                Issue: v. 27, no. 1, Feb95 
                Created: 1995 
                Published: February 23, 1995 
  AU=            AUTHOR(s): Sidowski, Joseph B.; Psychonomic Society, Inc 
  /CO, CO=, OW=            OWNER(s):  Psychonomic Society, Inc. (employer for hire) 
  /NF, /NT            NOTES: Bimonthly; quarterly beginning with v. 23, no. 1, Feb. 
                1991. Continues: Behavior research methods & instrumentation = 
  SN=              ISSN 0005-7878. 
  /NF, /NT            IMPRINT: Austin : The Society, 1984-. 
     


BASIC INDEX [top]

SEARCH
SUFFIX
DISPLAY
CODE
FIELD NAME
INDEXING
SELECT EXAMPLES
None None All Basic Index Fields Word S BEHAVIOR
/CO CO Owner(s)/Claimants Word S SIEMENS(W)A(W)G/CO
/NF NF Complete Named Titles1 Phrase S DRIVE MY CAR/NF
/NT NT Named Titles1 Word S DRIVE(W)MY(W)CAR/NT
/PF PF Party of the First Part2,3 Word S KISSELBACH(1W)DONALD/PF
/PS PS Party of the Second Part2,3,4 Word S ENSIGN(1W)MUSIC/PS
/TF TF Complete Title(s) of Registered Work Phrase S OH, YES I CAN/TF
/TI TI Title(s) of Registered Work Word S OH(W)YES(W)I(W)CAN/TI

1 Available only for monograph (copyright) records.

2 Available only for legal document records

3 Includes assignors.

4 Includes assignees.


ADDITIONAL INDEXES [top]

SEARCH
PREFIX
DISPLAY
CODE
FIELD NAME
INDEXING
SELECT EXAMPLES
AU= AU Author1 Phrase S CROSBY, DAVID?
CL= CL Class2 Phrase S CL=SR
CO= CO Owner(s)/Claimant(s)5 Phrase S CO=A&M RECORDS?
DR= DR Date of Registration2 Phrase S DR=19890226
DT= DT Document Type2 Phrase S DT=ASSIGNMENT?
OC= OC Original Subclass1,6 Phrase S OC=J
OD= OD Original Date of Registration1,6 Phrase S OD=19581015
OW= OW Owner(s)/Claimants7 Word
& Phrase
S OW=(A(1W)M(W)RECORDS)
S OW=A&M RECORDS?
OX= OX Original Registration Number1,6 Phrase S OX=JP6181
OY= OY Original Year of Registration1,6 Phrase S OY=1958
PF= PF Party of the First Part2,5 Phrase S PF=KISSELBACH, DONALD?
PS= PS Party of the Second Part2,5 Phrase S PS=ENSIGN MUSIC?
RC= RC LC (Library of Congress) Retrieval Code1 Phrase S RC=U
RN= RN Registration Number1 Phrase S RN=SR100693
SN= None International Standard Serial Number (ISSN) Phrase S SN=0005-7878
ST= ST Status1 Phrase S ST=REGISTERED
UD= None Update Phrase S UD=9999
YR= YR Year of Registration1 Phrase S YR=1989
DISPLAY ONLY FIELDS
None AN DIALOG Accession Number
None CA Cast Note (for motion pictures)
None CB Contributions8
None CD Credits Note (for motion pictures)
None CR Date of Creation
None CT Contents8
None DD Date Recorded
None DO Registration Deposit
None ES Edition Statement
None EX Date(s) of Execution
None FF Reference
None IN In Notice Name and Date
None IP Imprint
None MA Math/Scale
None MF Microfilm (volume & page)
None MS Miscellaneous Information2,8
None NL NLS/BPH Reproduction Rights1
None NM Limitation or New Matter1
None NS Notes1,8
None PD Date of Publication1
None PR Previous Registration or Publication1,8
None SP Supplementary Registration1
None SS Series Statement1,8
None XP Date of First Exploitation1

5 Also searchable with OW=, but CO= recommended for OneSearch compatibility.

6 Renewed registrations only.

7 Also searchable with CO= for OneSearch(r) compatibility.

8 Searchable with /NT.


LIMIT [top]

SUFFIX FIELD NAME EXAMPLES
/BPH Blind, Handicapped Repro Rights Available1 S S2/BPH
/C Monograph and Serial (copyright) Records S S3/C
/D Legal Document Records Only1 S S5/D
/PUB Published Works1 S S7/PUB
/S Serial Records Only S S2/S
/UNPUB Unpublished Works Only1 S S9/UNPUB


SORT [top]

SORTABLE FIELDS EXAMPLES
AU, CL, CO, DR, OC, OD, OW, OX, OY, PF, PS, RC, RN, TI, YR SORT S6/ALL/TI
PRINT S3/5/1-24/CO


RANK [top]

RANK FIELDS EXAMPLES
All phrase- and numeric-indexed fields in the Additional Indexes can be ranked. RANK AU


USER-DEFINED FORMAT OPTIONS [top]

User-defined formats may be specified using the display codes indicated in the Search Options tables. TYPE S3/TI,AU,DR/1-5


PREDEFINED FORMAT OPTIONS [top]

NO.
DIALOGWEB
FORMAT
RECORD CONTENT
1 -- DIALOG Accession Number
6 -- Title(s) of Registered Work (or heading of legal doc record)
9 Full Full Record
K -- KWIC (Key Word In Context) displays a window of text; may be used alone or with other formats
MONOGRAPH and SERIALS RECORDS
3 Medium Title(s) of Registered Work, Class, LC Retrieval Code, Status, Registration Number, Date of Registration, Original Registration Number Original Date of Copyright Original Subclass and Registration Deposit
7 Long Title(s), Class, LC Retrieval Code, Author(s), Owner(s)/Claimant(s), Original Subclass Reference, and Registration Deposit
8 Short Title(s) of Registered Work, Class, LC Retrieval Code, Status, Registration Number, Date of Registration, Author(s), Owner(s)/Claimant(s), Original Registration Number Original Date of Copyright Original Subclass and Registration Deposit
K -- KWIC (Key Word In Context) displays a window of text; may be used alone or with other formats
LEGAL DOCUMENT RECORDS
2 -- Title(s) of Registered Work (or heading of legal doc record), Party of the First Part, Party of the Second Part, Document Type, Date(s) of Execution, Date Recorded, and Microfilm
3 Medium Title(s) of Registered Work (or heading of legal doc record), Document Type, Date(s) of Execution, and Date Recorded
4 -- Title(s) of Registered Work (or heading of legal doc record), Party of the First Part, Party of the Second Part, Document Type, Date(s) of Execution, Date Recorded, and Microfilm
7 Long Title(s) of Registered Work (or heading of legal doc record), Party of the First Part, Party of the Second Part, Document Type, Date(s) of Execution, and Date Recorded
8 Short Title(s) of Registered Work (or heading of legal doc record), Party of the First Part, Party of the Second Part, Document Type, Date(s) of Execution, and Date Recorded
K -- KWIC (Key Word In Context) displays a window of text; may be used alone or with other formats


DIRECT RECORD ACCESS [top]

FIELD NAME EXAMPLES
DIALOG Accession Number TYPE 00108314/5
DISPLAY 00108314/TI,AU
PRINT 00108314/2


Rates [top]

Rates For File: U.S. Copyrights[120]
Cost per DialUnit:                 $7.50
Cost per minute:                   $2.05
Rank Elements                      $0.00
ALERT (default)                   $16.00
ALERT (Monthly)                *  $30.00
ALERT (Biweekly/twice a month) *  $23.00
ALERT (Weekly)                    $16.00
ALERT (Daily)                  *  $16.00
ALERT (Calendar weekly)        *  $16.00
ALERT (Intraday)               *  $16.00
* = custom scheduled Alerts only
ALERT Number of included prints        0

Format    Types   Prints
     1    $0.00    $0.00
     2    $2.00    $2.00
     3    $2.00    $2.00
     4    $2.00    $2.00
     5    $2.00    $2.00
     6    $0.60    $0.60
     7    $2.00    $2.00
     8    $2.00    $2.00
     9    $2.00    $2.00
KWIC95    $0.00       NA
KWIC96    $0.00       NA

REDIST/COPY Multiplier Table:

      Range      Multiplier
        1-2       1.00
       3-25       1.50
     26-100       3.00
    101-200       4.00
    201-500       6.00
   501-1000       8.00
 1001 or more    10.00

ARCHIVE Multiplier Table:

      Range      Multiplier
       1-25       1.50
     26-200       3.00
    201-500       6.00
   501-1000       8.00
 1001 or more    10.00
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