Copyright is a form of legal protection provided by the laws of the United States (Title 17, U. S. Code) to authors of literary, dramatic, musical, artistic, and other works. The Copyright Acquisitions Division augments the Library's collections by acquiring works through the mandatory deposit requirement of the Copyright Act of 1976. The position identifies, selects and acquires materials, and contacts domestic publishers regarding the mandatory deposit of published works.Learn more about this agency
This position is located in the Copyright Acquisitions Division, Office of the Chief of Operations , Copyright.
The division monitors U.S. publishing activities and seeks to encourage voluntary, regular deposit and registration by planning and implementing outreach efforts; establishing and maintaining effective relationships; and administering informal arrangements and negotiated, formal agreements with individual publishers or trade associations. Under the authority delegated by the Register of Copyrights, the division also issues demands for deposit and monitors subsequent compliance. Non-complying claimants may be referred to the Department of Justice for prosecution
Identifies, selects, and acquires library materials in assigned formats and assigned subject areas through the mandatory deposit provision of the U.S. copyright law. Materials identified for selection and acquisition are of limited technical complexity, or easily acquired. Contacts domestic publishers to obtain information or to relay information related to the mandatory deposit of published works. Manages serial subscription deposits; approves acquisitions and bibliographic records when issuing informal requests or formal demands; and resolves routine problems independently. Conducts publisher reviews to determine their rate of compliance and to bring them into full compliance with the Copyright Law. Ensures demand orders are represented by correct bibliographic identification, correct publisher contact information, and correct coding in the acquisitions and cataloging systems. Resolves routine problems and inconsistencies in the acquisitions and deposit process, including assisting in preparation of responses for requests for special relief from the mandatory deposit requirements. Performs research using on-site reference sources, online databases, the world wide web, and the collections of the Library.
In consultation with the supervisor or a senior specialist, gathers and evaluates copyright and publication facts to determine if the materials are subject to copyright demand, or are available through other acquisition methods
Answers inquiries from copyright claimants and publishers regarding deposit requirements, Copyright Office and Library policies and programs, and the acquisition needs of the Library. Refers difficult technical questions on U.S. copyright law and Copyright Office policies and practices to a supervisor or senior specialist
Provides routine copyright information to LC Recommending Officers and assists LC staff in searching Copyright Office databases via the internet.
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