Offices, national parks and landmarks across the United States closed Tuesday as a result of the government shutdown, and now it appears some digital places that will have an impact on the tech industry are closed as well. This morning, the website of the U.S. Copyright Office states that copyright.gov is “not available” and adds that security software is monitoring for unauthorized uploads or changes. Here’s a screenshot:
While the Copyright Office website is shuttered, the one for the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office is operating normally, though it carries a message that it will “continue to operate as usual for a period of several weeks.” An earlier report noted the USPTO has enough reserve cash to stay open for a little while.
Time reports that the situation is the same at the Securities and Exchange Commission, where carryover balances will allow the agency to operate as normal “for a few weeks.” The federal court system, meanwhile, will carry on as usual since judicial services are considered “essential.”
Other iconic federal sites felt the shutdown effect immediately on Tuesday morning:
PHOTO; It’s official, Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island closed. pic.twitter.com/vhO8uPLhuQ
— Stephen Nessen (@stephen_nessen) October 1, 2013
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