Copyright Office Gets New Search System

I missed this somehow, but in mid-October, the U.S. Copyright Office announced that upgrades it is implementing to its LOCIS system will go live in December.

The Office explains:

The new system offers new features including keyword searching and the use of a single database containing records for monographs, serials, and recorded documents.

All of the approximately 20 million records for registrations and recorded documents in the current system will be migrated to the new search method, a similar system used by other parts of the Library of Congress for searching collections.

Unfortunately, the new system will do nothing to improve with which records actually enter the database so they can be searched. The Office warns that even after the new system is in place, it will still take “several months” for records to become searchable in the database. This means that the only alternative for doing a decent copyright record search is through fee-based databases like Lexis.

CopyCense™: K. Matthew Dames on the intersection of business, law and technology. A business venture of Seso Digital LLC.

Written by sesomedia

11/01/2005 at 08:45

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