Hearing Participation Request Submission
The Office has categorized the proposals for exemptions received in response to its June 30, 2017 notice of inquiry into twelve proposed exemptions for further consideration. The Office received a first round of comments from proponents of proposed exemptions. A second round of comments from opponents of proposed exemptions is due February 12, 2018. Reply comments from supporters of proposed exemptions are due March 14, 2018.
In a February 2, 2018 notice of public hearings, the Office announced public hearings to further consider the exemptions to be held in Washington, D.C. on April 10, 11, 12, and 13, 2018, and Los Angeles on April 23, 24, and 25, 2018. The Office plans to convene panels of witnesses for the proposals to be considered, and may combine certain panels if the witnesses and/or key issues substantially overlap. The Office will schedule panels for particular exemptions in either Los Angeles or Washington, D.C. unless compelling circumstances require that a proposed class be considered in both cities.
As explained in the notice of public hearings, anyone wishing to testify with respect to more than one proposed class must submit a separate form for each request. If multiple people from the same organization wish to testify on different panels, each should submit a separate request for each panel. If multiple people from the same organization wish to testify on the same panel, each should submit a request for that panel, and explain the need for multiple witnesses in the comment field of the request form. To the extent feasible, the Office encourages parties with similar interests to select a common representative to testify on their behalf.
Following receipt of the requests to testify, the Office will prepare agendas for the hearings listing the panels and witnesses, which will be circulated to hearing participants and posted at https://www.copyright.gov/1201/2018/. Selected hearing participants will be notified directly by the Office.
If a requester cannot meet a particular submission requirement, the requester should contact the Office at 202-707-8350 for special instructions.
A request to testify should be submitted to the Copyright Office using the form provided below. Requests to testify must be received no later than 11:59 p.m. Eastern time on Wednesday, February 21, 2018. Required information is marked with an asterisk (*).
PRIVACY ACT ADVISORY STATEMENT Required by the Privacy Act of 1974 (P.L. 93-579)
The authority for requesting this information is 17 U.S.C. §§ 701, 1201. Furnishing the requested information is voluntary. But if the information is not furnished, the Office may be unable to allow your participation in the public roundtable or hearing. The principal use of the requested information is to organize public roundtables and hearings and to communicate with potential participants.
NOTE: No other advisory statement will be given in connection with this request. Please keep this statement and refer to it if we communicate with you regarding this request.