December 15, 2020 Copyright Office Launches Copyright Public Records System Pilot

New Portal is the First Widely Available Component of the Enterprise Copyright System

Press Contact: Bill Ryan (202) 360-0630
Public Contact: Catherine Rowland (202) 707-0956

The U.S. Copyright Office today launched a public pilot of its new Copyright Public Records System (CPRS), which has been developed from the ground up to provide easier access and a stronger user interface for copyright records, including registrations, recordation, and other data. The new public record portal is the first component of the Enterprise Copyright System (ECS) to be openly released.

Designed using extensive user feedback, the CPRS portal provides a modern user experience, enhanced search capabilities, and improved mobile support for accessing copyright records. The public can access the new CPRS pilot at and provide feedback on their experience using the feedback link at the bottom of the page. The pilot is running in parallel with the current Copyright Public Catalog, which contains the same data and remains available at

“We build every IT system at the Library of Congress with the user in mind,” said Jim Karamanis, Library of Congress Director of IT Design and Development. “That’s why pilot launches like CPRS are so important—they show us how users interact with the system we’ve built and how we can make it better for researchers who are familiar with copyright records and for those who may be exploring these records for the first time.”

The new portal is a key part of the ECS, the bespoke IT system currently under development by the Library of Congress to integrate and improve all of the Copyright Office technology systems. The ECS will also include new applications to manage copyright registration, recordation, and licensing, all of which will share a global design system and common components to better meet the needs of the Copyright Office and its users. CPRS is the second ECS module to launch. A pilot of the electronic recordation system was released to a limited external audience earlier this year but has not been made widely accessible yet.

You can learn more about the ECS and Copyright Office IT modernization on the Copyright Office website. The June 2020 copyright modernization webinar available on the Copyright Office modernization webinar page or YouTube channel provides an in-depth look at CPRS. For more details on the ECS, watch the July 2020 Copyright IT Modernization Public Forum on the same modernization webinar page.

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