Adopting its interim rule from December 2022, the US Copyright Office issued a final rule that governs district court referrals, proof of service forms, default proceedings and the appearance of law student representatives before the Copyright Claims Board (CCB).
District Court Referrals
CCB proceedings qualify as alternative dispute resolution processes under 28 U.S.C. § 651 for purposes of referral of eligible cases by US district courts upon consent of the parties. The CCB was created to resolve certain copyright claims more efficiently and at a lower cost than a district court. In furtherance of this objective, the CCB has the authority to adjust or suspend certain rules that would otherwise apply if doing so would be in the interest of efficiently resolving the dispute. The new rule excludes district court referrals from the limits on the number of proceedings a claim, attorney or law firm may file with the CCB and does not require a claimant to pay a filing fee for such a proceeding.
Proof of Service Forms
Claimants may file either the proof of service form provided on the CCB’s website or an alternative proof of service form that contains all of the information required by the CCB-provided form.
Evidence in Default Proceedings
Evidence presented by the parties in a default proceeding is not limited to materials exchanged during discovery, as a default proceeding may occur before discovery has begun.
Law Student Representatives
The final rule allows for law student representatives, provided that they qualify under the laws, court rules, or bar rules of the jurisdiction that allows, authorizes or permits them to practice law. The CCB’s regulations only govern law students who make a formal appearance in CCB proceedings, rather than those who provide legal assistance to parties in other capacities.