Copyright Office Initiates Its Triennial Rulemaking Proceeding on
Exemptions from the Prohibition on Circumvention of Technological
Measures That Control Access to Copyrighted Works
Office is initiating its triennial rulemaking proceeding on exemptions
from the prohibition on circumvention of technological measures
that control access to copyrighted works. The initial notice of
inquiry will be published in the Federal Register next week and
is now available by selecting "Anticircumvention
Rulemaking" from the Copyright Office website.
In this rulemaking, the initial round of comments,
due December 18, will be limited to comments proposing specific
classes of works to be exempted. In the second round of comments,
due February 19, 2003, persons who oppose or support any exemptions
proposed in the initial comments will have the opportunity to respond
to the proposals made in the initial comments and to provide factual
information and legal argument addressing whether a proposed exemption
should be adopted.
Requirements for the content of comments
have changed since the previous rulemaking, and those wishing to
comment are encouraged to file comments electronically through the
Copyright Office website. (Read
Comments may be filed electronically
through the Copyright Office website beginning November 18, 2002.