U.S. Copyright Office Posts Second Comments Received for Section 1201 Rulemaking; Reply Comment Deadline is May 1, 2015
Issue No. 574 - March 31, 2015

On December 12, 2014, the Copyright Office published a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking initiating three rounds of public comment on exemptions that have been proposed in the sixth triennial rulemaking proceeding under the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (“DMCA”), 17 U.S.C. 1201. Section 1201 provides that the Librarian of Congress, upon the recommendation of the Register of Copyrights, may exempt certain classes of works from the prohibition against circumvention of technological measures that control access to copyrighted works.

The Office has posted the second round of comments – from parties who oppose the adoption of a proposed exemption – on its website at http://copyright.gov/1201/2015/comments-032715/.

Written reply comments from supporters of a proposed exemption and parties that neither support nor oppose a proposed exemption are due May 1, 2015.

Commenters should carefully review the guidance provided in the Notice of Proposed Rulemaking regarding the format and content of submissions. For more information, including template comment forms, please visit www.copyright.gov/1201/.