Checking it Out: How the Copyright Claims Board Works for Libraries

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The newly created Copyright Claims Board (“CCB”) is a voluntary tribunal that hears claims for copyright infringement, declarations of noninfringement, and certain misrepresentation claims involving damages of up to $30,000. In this webinar, representatives from the Copyright Office’s Office of the General Counsel and the CCB will explain the CCB’s goal to provide the public with a simple and efficient alternative tribunal for resolving their copyright-related disputes. The experts will describe the basic process for filing, responding to, and resolving these claims. They will also explain how anyone who does not want to use the CCB to resolve their copyright dispute can opt out of participating when a claim is made against them, how qualifying libraries can preemptively opt out of participating in the CCB even before any claim is brought against them, and how to check if your library is already exempt from participating in CCB proceedings.


This webinar will provide practical advice for librarians whose libraries may be subject to CCB claims, such as libraries that offer e-reserves and copying of materials for interlibrary loan and patrons. This webinar will also provide relevant legal background for librarians providing research advice to patrons pursuing or defending claims before the CCB, such as librarians at law firms with a copyright practice, librarians at law schools with copyright clinics, and public librarians whose patrons are involved in CCB proceedings.


  1. Describe the history and purpose of the CCB.
  2. Analyze the types of claims available before the CCB and understand when each type of claim is
  3. Explain how to participate in a CCB proceeding, including responding to a claim.
  4. List the steps to preemptively opt out of CCB proceedings.


  • John R. Riley, U.S. Copyright Office
  • Whitney Levandusky, Copyright Claims Board


  • Stephen Wolfson, University of Georgia School of Law

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John R. Riley is Assistant General Counsel at the U.S. Copyright Office. He earned his JD from Penn State and his LLM in Intellectual Property from George Washington University. He served as Attorney-Advisor at the U.S. Copyright Office from 2013 until 2019, when he began his current role as Assistant General Counsel.

Whitney Levandusky is Supervisory Attorney-Advisor at the Copyright Claims Board. She earned her BA in art history from Johns Hopkins University and worked for three years at the American Visionary Art Museum, before returning to school to earn her JD from the University of Maryland School of Law. After law school, she clerked for a year at the U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland, before joining the U.S. Copyright Office as Attorney-Advisor for the Public Information and Education Division. She served in that role from 2015 until 2021, when she began her current role at the newly created Copyright Claims Board.

Stephen M. Wolfson currently serves as the University of Georgia Alexander Campbell King Law Library's associate director for research and copyright services. In this position, he will be the primary liaison between the law library and the law school's faculty. He will also supervise the library's Research Assistant Program and teach legal research and the courses Legal Aspects of Entrepreneurship and Pirates, Spies & Speech: Exploring the Intersection of Law & Technology in the Information Age. A copyright specialist, Wolfson will continue to handle issues relating to copyright, scholarly communication and research-related information policy matters.


Checking it Out: How the Copyright Claims Board Works for Libraries
10/06/2022 at 2:00 PM (CDT)  |  Recorded On: 10/06/2022
10/06/2022 at 2:00 PM (CDT)  |  Recorded On: 10/06/2022
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