Request to Testify at Section 1201 Public Hearings
The Copyright Office (“Office”) seeks further public input regarding proposed exemptions to the prohibition on circumvention for seven new or expanded classes of work. In a February 7, 2024 notice, the Office announced public hearings to be held via Zoom on April 15-19, 2024. The Office will convene panels of witnesses by class and may combine certain panels if the witnesses and/or key issues substantially overlap.
Anyone wishing to testify with respect to more than one proposed class must submit a separate form for each request. To the extent feasible, the Office requests that organizations submit only one panelist request per proposed class and encourages parties with similar interests to select a common representative to testify on their behalf. If multiple persons from the same organization wish to testify regarding the same proposed exemption, each should submit a separate request and explain in their submission the need for multiple witnesses. For parties represented by law school clinics, the Office will attempt to accommodate requests to allow students to participate under the supervision of a faculty member.
Following receipt of the requests to testify, the Office will prepare agendas for the hearings, listing the witnesses and times for each panel. The agendas will be circulated to hearing participants and posted at https://www.copyright.gov/1201/2024/.
Requests to testify should be submitted to the Copyright Office using the form provided below. Requests must be received no later than 11:59 p.m. eastern time on Friday, March 1, 2024. Required information is marked with an asterisk (*).
The Office cannot guarantee that the hearings will be able to accommodate technology demonstrations or visual aids. Any party wishing to provide such a demonstration should describe the nature of the intended presentation and any required functionality on the submission form.
Note: Use this form only to indicate that you wish to participate in a hearing. For those who wish to observe the roundtables without participating as a witness, the Office will provide sign-up information on this page approximately one week prior to the event.
The proceedings will be recorded and transcribed. Both the recording and the transcript will be posted on the Copyright Office website when they become available. Participants will be asked to complete a release form for the video recording prior to the hearings.