Senate Judiciary Committee Asks Copyright Office to Study Software in Everyday Products
Issue No. 599 - October 23, 2015

The Copyright Office is pleased to have received a request from Chairman Grassley and Ranking Member Leahy asking the Copyright Office to conduct a study of software in everyday products. This request stems from a desire to “better understand and evaluate how our copyright laws enable creative expression, foster innovative business models, and allow legitimate uses in this software-enabled environment.” The study will review what parts of the copyright law are implicated by the ubiquity of software in everyday products, and the effect of copyright law on technological advancements in such products.

The Office looks forward to undertaking this important study and will ask for public input to ensure that the Office’s report considers the views of all in the copyright community, including copyright owners and public interest groups.

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