||Issue 276 -October
Copyright Office Requests Comments on Possible
Adverse Effects on Users from Prohibition on Circumvention
The Copyright Office is preparing to conduct proceedings in accordance
with section 1201(a)(1) of title 17 U.S.C., which was added by the Digital
Millennium Copyright Act. This section 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. The
purpose of this rulemaking proceeding is 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 of circumvention.
The Copyright Office requests written comments
from all interested parties, including representatives of copyright
owners, educational institutions, libraries and archives, scholars, researchers,
and members of the public, to elicit evidence on whether noninfringing
uses of certain classes of works are, or are likely to be, adversely affected
by this prohibition on the circumvention of measures that control
access to copyrighted works. Written comments are due by December 1, 2005.
Reply comments are due by February 2, 2006.
Although the Copyright Office
will accept comments delivered by hand or by the U.S. Postal Service,
it prefers that comments be submitted through its website, which will contain
a submission page that
will be activated approximately 30 days prior to each applicable
deadline. (Read further information.)
eCO Search to Replace LOCIS about November 1, 2005
eCO Search, an improved copyright searching system to be available on the
Copyright Office website, will replace the LOCIS and the Web-based
search systems about November 1, 2005. All the approximately 20
million records of registrations and recorded documents dating
from 1978 will be migrated to the new eCO Search database. Instructions
for using eCO Search will be available on the Copyright Office website.
(Read further information.)
||Due date for comments on 1201(a)(1) rulemaking
|February 2, 2006
||Due date for reply comments on 1201(a)(1) rulemaking
|March 29 and 31,
and April 3 and
|Tentative dates for Washington, D.C., hearings on
1201(a)(1) rulemaking (more)
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