Section 1201 Study Public Roundtable

Washington, DC Roundtable on May 19 & 20, 2016
San Francisco Roundtable on May 25 & 26, 2016

Request to Participate

The U.S. Copyright Office will hold public roundtables for its study on section 1201 on May 19-20, 2016, at the Library of Congress’s Madison Building in Washington, DC, and on May 25-26, 2016 at UC Hastings College of the Law in San Francisco, California. Roundtables at each location will consist of the five sessions described below.

The hearing rooms at each of these locations have limited seating for participants and observers. Due to the limited capacity, each participating entity may designate only one individual to represent it at a particular roundtable session. An entity may have different individuals represent it at different roundtable sessions, but each such individual should complete and submit a separate request form.

The Office will attempt to accommodate preferences to the greatest extent possible while allowing for a maximum number of viewpoints at the roundtables. Individuals who submit a timely request will receive a response to their request by email, which will indicate the specific session(s) in which they are scheduled to participate. Depending upon the number and preferences of individuals seeking to participate, it is possible that the Office will not be able to accommodate all requests.

If you are interested in participating in one or more roundtable sessions, please submit your completed form through this website no later than 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time on April 18, 2016. Requests to participate should be submitted electronically through this website by supplying the requisite information and clicking on the “submit” button. If an individual is unable to submit the form electronically, due to lack of access to a computer and/or the internet, please contact please contact Andrew Moore at 202-707-8350 for further instructions.

Note: Use this form only to indicate that you wish to participate in a public roundtable. For individuals who simply wish to observe roundtable sessions, the Office will provide public seating on a first-come, first-served basis on the day of the roundtable. Because space is limited, and to allow for a diverse audience, we ask that entities limit observers to one or two per session. Following discussion of the various agenda topics by roundtable participants, observers at the roundtables will be provided a limited opportunity to offer additional comments for the record after the final session on the second day.

We apologize in advance if the roundtable reaches its capacity and we are unable to accommodate all who might wish to participate or attend. The Office has made arrangements to transcribe the proceedings for the record and the transcripts will be posted on our website when they become available.

Participant Information

Email Address

If another individual from the same entity also wishes to participate, please provide that person's name (but please note that each individual seeking to participate must submit a separate form).

Roundtable Location Preference

Rank the location by order of preference, with 1 being the location you are most interested in and 2 the least. If there is a location you cannot attend, put an N in the space next to that location.

Washington, DC
(May 19 & 20)
San Francisco, CA
(May 25 & 26)

Session Preference

Rank the sessions by order of your level of interest, with 1 being the session you are most interested in and 5 the least. If there is a session that you are not interested in, put an N in the space next to that panel.

Interest Level

Session 1: Relationship of Section 1201 to Copyright Infringement, Consumer Issues, and Competition

This session will explore the role and effectiveness of section 1201 in protecting copyrighted content, and will consider how the statute should accommodate interests that are outside of core copyright concerns.

Session 2: Rulemaking Process – Evidentiary and Procedural Issues

This session will explore the general operation of the triennial rulemaking process under section 1201, including the evidentiary showing required for an exemption, and the procedural aspects of the rulemaking.

Session 3: Rulemaking Process – Renewal of Previously Granted Exemptions

This session will explore the process for renewal of exemptions granted under a prior rulemaking, including consideration of proposals for presumptive renewal when there is no meaningful opposition.

Session 4: Anti-Trafficking Prohibitions/Third-Party Assistance

This session will explore the role of the anti-trafficking provisions of sections 1201(a)(2) and 1201(b) in deterring copyright infringement, and will consider whether any amendments may be advisable.

Session 5: Permanent Exemptions

This session will explore the necessity, relevance, and sufficiency of the permanent exemptions to the prohibition on circumvention, and will consider whether amendments or additional exemption categories may be advisable.

Provide a brief explanation as to why you wish to participate in the public roundtables, including, if you would like, why you are interested in specific panels.

Clicking "submit" will file your request with the U.S. Copyright Office. The next screen will display a printable page showing the complete information you entered. You will also receive an email copy of your request.

The Office will review these requests and develop a list of selected participants for each session. Selected participants will be notified directly by the Office. In addition, on or about May 3, 2016, the Office expects to post, on the section 1201 study page, the agenda for the roundtables, including the participants for each session.

PRIVACY ACT ADVISORY STATEMENT Required by the Privacy Act of 1974 (P.L. 93-579)

The authority for requesting this information is 17 U.S.C. § 701. Furnishing the requested information is voluntary. But if the information is not furnished, the Office may be unable to allow your participation in the public roundtable or hearing. The principal use of the requested information is to organize public roundtables and hearings and to communicate with potential participants.

NOTE: No other advisory statement will be given in connection with this request. Please keep this statement and refer to it if we communicate with you regarding this request.