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Issue 363 -March 30, 2009   

Copyright Office and USPTO Seek Comment and Announce Public Meeting on Facilitating Access to Copyrighted Works

The Copyright Office and the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) seek comment on the topic of facilitating access to copyrighted works for “blind or persons with other disabilities” in connection with a forthcoming meeting of the Standing Committee on Copyright and Related Rights of the World Intellectual Property Organization. Interested parties are invited to submit comments on the topics outlined in the supplementary information section of the Federal Register notice. Comments are due April 21, 2009. Reply comments are due May 4, 2009. The Copyright Office and USPTO also announce a public meeting on the same topic. The public meeting will take place May 18, 2009, at the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C. The process for submitting requests to attend and observe, or to participate in, the meeting, as well as the agenda, will be published on the Copyright Office website at www.copyright.gov no later than April 8, 2009. (Read further information.)

Calendar


April 3

Deadline to submit requests to testify in public hearings on possible exemptions to prohibition against circumvention of technological measures that control access to copyrighted works

April 21

Deadline for comments on facilitating access to copyrighted works for the blind or persons with other disabilities

May 1

Public hearing in Palo Alto, California, on possible exemptions to prohibition against circumvention of technological measures that control access to copyrighted works

May 4

Due date for reply comments on facilitating access to copyrighted works for the blind or persons with other disabilities

May 6, 7, 8

Public hearings in Washington, D.C., on possible exemptions to prohibition against circumvention of technological measures that control access to copyrighted works

May 18

Public meeting in Washington, D.C., on facilitating access to copyrighted works for the blind or persons with other disabilities

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