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Increased Delays at the U.S. Copyright Office

According to a May 19, 2009 report in The Washington Post, the U.S. Copyright Office is experiencing processing delays that can last from six to 18 months. Apparently, due to the influx of paper applications, the delays will probably grow longer over the summer. These delays exclude any filing that is accompanied by the expedited special handling fee of $685.

The hope is that most applicants will use the electronic system rather than filing with paper applications, and to encourage users to due so, it will raise its paper application fee to $65 in August. It currently takes six months to process electronic applications, and the electronic filing fee will remain at $35.

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