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Issue 282 -February 23, 2006  

Hearings on 1201(a)(1) Rulemaking Announced; Reply Comments on Copyright Office Website

The Copyright Office is announcing hearings in connection with its Section 1201 rulemaking proceeding to determine whether there are particular classes of works as to which users are, or are likely to be, adversely affected in their ability to make noninfringing uses due to the prohibition on circumvention of access controls. The hearings will be held at Stanford University in Palo Alto, Calif., on March 23 and March 24, 2006, and at the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C., on March 29 and 31, 2006, and April 3 and 4, 2006. Requests to testify must be received by March 10, 2006. (Read further information.)

Thirty-five reply comments were received by the Copyright Office in the proceeding and are available on the Copyright Office website. The rulemaking proceeding is mandated by the Digital Millennium Copyright Act, which provides that the Librarian of Congress may exempt certain classes of works from the prohibition against circumvention of technological measures that control access to copyrighted works. (Read comments.)


March 1 Due date for payment of cable royalties for the accounting period beginning on July 1, 2005, and ending on December 31, 2005 (more)
March 10 Deadline for receipt in Copyright Office of requests to testify in the 1201(a)(1) rulemaking hearings on possible exemptions to prohibition on circumvention of copyright protection systems for access control technologies (more)
March 23 and 24 Palo Alto, Calif., hearings on 1201(a)(1) rulemaking (more)
March 29 and 31,
and April 3 and 4  
Washington, D.C., hearings on 1201(a)(1) rulemaking (more)
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