On Friday, October 27, 2000, the Copyright Office published in the Federal Register at 65 FR 64555 the rule that designates the classes of copyrighted works that the Librarian of Congress has determined shall be subject to exemption from the prohibition against circumvention of a technological measure that effectively controls access to a work protected under title 17 of the U.S. Code. In title I of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA), Congress established that this prohibition against circumvention will become effective October 28, 2000. The same legislation directed the Register of Copyrights to conduct a rulemaking procedure and to make recommendations to the Librarian as to whether any classes of works should be subject to exemptions from the prohibition against circumvention. The exemptions set forth in this rule will be in effect until October 28, 2003.
Follow these links to read the determination or view the complete history of the rulemaking.
November 29: Hearing from 9:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on effects of DMCA title I amendments and the development of electronic commerce and associated technology on the operation of sections 109 and 117 of title 17; and relationship between existing and emergent technology and the operation of those sections (65 FR 63626)
December 1: Next projected publication date for NIEs and NIE corrections (65 FR 46873)
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