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Issue 445 - December 20, 2011 

Copyright Office Announces Proposals Received in DMCA Anticircumvention Rulemaking

The United States Copyright Office seeks comments on proposals to exempt certain classes of works from the prohibition on circumvention of technological measures that control access to copyrighted works. In September 2011, the Office initiated a rulemaking proceeding in accordance with provisions added by the Digital Millennium Copyright Act ("DMCA") that provide that the Librarian of Congress, upon the recommendation of the Register of Copyrights, may exempt certain classes of works from the prohibition against circumvention. The purpose of this rulemaking 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 on circumvention. This notice publishes the classes of works received by the Office that were proposed by several parties in the comment period that ended on December 1, 2011. Comments addressing the proposed classes of works are due on February 10, 2012. Reply comments addressing points made in the initial comments are due on March 2, 2012. A comment form will be posted on the Copyright Office web site at www.copyright.gov/1201/comment-forms. All proposed classes of works are available on the Copyright Office website at www.copyright.gov/1201/2011/initial/.



Calendar

December 27, 2011

Due date for reply comments on updating regulations governing designation of online service agents

January 9, 2012 Due date for objections to newly designated specialty stations
January 9, 2012 Due date for responses to any of the MPAA objections
January 16, 2012

Due date for comments on small copyright claims

February 10, 2012 Due date for comments on proposed classes of works to be exempted from the prohibition against circumvention
March 2, 2011 Due date for reply comments addressing points made in the initial comments on proposed classes of works to be exempted from the prohibition against circumvention

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