Copyright Office Seeks Meetings with Stakeholders on Revisions to Library and Archives Exceptions
Issue No. 629 - June 7, 2016

The U.S. Copyright Office today published a Notice of Inquiry (“NOI”) inviting interested parties to discuss potential revisions to the library and archives exceptions in the Copyright Act, 17 U.S.C. § 108, in furtherance of the Office’s policy work in this area over the past ten years and as part of the current copyright review process in Congress. The Copyright Office has led and participated in major discussions on potential changes to section 108 since 2005, with the goal of updating the provisions to better reflect the facts, practices, and principles of the digital age and to provide greater clarity for libraries, archives, and museums. To finalize its legislative recommendation, the Copyright Office seeks further input from the public on several remaining issues, including, especially, provisions concerning copies for users, security measures, public access, and third-party outsourcing. The Copyright Office therefore invites interested parties to schedule meetings in Washington, D.C. to take place during late June through July, 2016.

The Notice of Inquiry, and instructions on how to request a meeting, are available here. Requests must be received no later than July 7, 2016 at 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time.