Copyright Office Announces Public Hearings on Exemption to Prohibition on Circumvention of Copyright Protection Systems for Access Control Technologies
Issue No. 360 - March 12, 2009

The Copyright Office will hold public hearings on possible exemptions to the prohibition against circumvention of technological measures that control access to copyrighted works. In accordance with the Copyright Act, as amended by the Digital Millennium Copyright Act, the Office is conducting its triennial 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 if they are prohibited from circumventing such technological measures. The first hearing will take place in Palo Alto, California, on May 1, 2009. Hearings will also be held in Washington, D.C., on May, 6, 7, and 8, 2009. Requests to testify must be received by 6:00 p.m. on April 3, 2009. A form to use in filing a request to testify has been posted on the Copyright Office website. An agenda of the hearings will be posted on the Copyright Office website after April 3, 2009. (Read further information)