Sun Nov 14, 2010 5:28 pm
The copyright process HAS to be run by blood-sucking lawyers.
They need to be the 'be-all-end-all." For YOU.
They need to get it absolutely right.
When you apply for a copyright, what you are filing for is a legal document that will hold up in any court of law.
If they screw-up, that opens a whole can of worms for everyone.
They need to be perfect for YOU. And "Perfect" is pretty damned hard. It requires a lot of attention to details.
There's a certain mind-set in this county, this one: "Oh hell! - That's good enough!"
Lawyers can not ascribe to that mentality or they lose cases.
The people there are pretty good. About 2 - 3 months back, I talked with one of them for a long, long time. He'd called me w/ a question about how I wanted to register one of my individual songs.
(Yes, I have ALSO registered several of my songs individually).
And I'd filled in the forms with all the right answers.
Turns out that - there were a couple other answers that were also right for me.
He supplied me with some of the 'other correct answers,' and told me why they were probably better for me. He asked me if I wanted to make his suggested changes in my application.
After hearing it from his perspective - he was absolutely right: the other choices I could have made on my application were better for me.
Over the phone he was able to make the changes for me, before processing my application.
He was a good guy, and went well above the call of duty.
I asked him about a previous application of mine, also pending, and he was able to apply a change I now wanted to make to that one as well (before it was processed the way I'd submitted it).
I kept him on the phone a long time with a line of semi-cogent questioning, and I appreciated his time.
He saw that I'd done my own research first and, he was good about the whole thing.
What can get annoying for these guys is all the people that ask the most basic questions, which are answered on their website already.
Most people give up before even trying to find the answer.
These applicants make very little attempt to fully understand what they are doing.
They make ignorant mistakes. But because these are legal documents, the folks at the copyright office cannot correct them.
Corrections require a signature. But it's better to submit an un-altered document.
And they are right.
. . . lazy people who 'don't have the time' to read the answer: THIS is what slows down the process - in conjunction with the sheer volume of submissions.
Their claimed delay by the way, is not 6 months.
They claim that their delay is a little over 2 years, now.
Someone mentioned that one can speed up the process by paying extra for it, and filing with an additional form.
That is true. The sped-up process boils it down to about 3-5 months, depending on volume. The last time I checked on the price for this (over a year ago), it was over $800.
Also - Forms Pa and SR are essentially discontinued. If you NEED to use one of them, you must explain why. If they agree with you, they will mail to you the new forms.