Copyright Office Invites Requests to Testify in Public Hearings on Possible Section 1201 Exemptions
Issue No. 704 - February 2, 2018

The Copyright Office announces public hearings on the possible exemptions to the prohibition against circumvention of technological measures that control access to copyrighted works. In accordance with the Digital Millennium Copyright Act, the Office is conducting its triennial rulemaking proceeding 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 if they are prohibited from circumventing such technological measures. The first public hearings are scheduled to be held in Washington, D.C. on April 10, 11, 12, and 13, 2018, on each day from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Public hearings are also scheduled to be held in Los Angeles on April 23, 24, and 25, 2018, on each day from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. For further information, and to submit a request to testify, visit the Copyright Office’s Participation Request Submission Form. Requests to testify must be received by Wednesday, February 21, 2018 at 11:59 p.m. Eastern time.