Software-enabled Consumer Products Study Public Roundtables

Washington, D.C. Study Roundtable on May 18, 2016
San Francisco, CA Study Roundtable on May 24, 2016

Request to Participate

The U.S. Copyright Office will hold public roundtables for its study on software-enabled consumer products on May 18, 2016, at the Library of Congress’s Madison Building in Washington, D.C., and on May 24, 2016 at UC Hastings College of the Law in San Francisco, California. Roundtables at each location will consist of the four sessions described below.

The roundtable hearing rooms will have a limited number of seats 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 provide the information requested in the below form no later than 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time on April 18, 2016. Requests to participate should be submitted electronically through this website by filling out the below information and clicking on the “submit” button. If an individual is unable to submit the form electronically, please contact Michelle Choe, at 202-707-9536, 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 as the final session on the second day.

We apologize in advance if the room reaches its capacity and we are required to deny admittance to late-comers. The Office has made arrangements to transcribe the proceedings for the record and the transcriptions 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 (each individual seeking to participate needs to 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 18, 2016)
San Francisco, CA (May 24, 2016)

Session Preference

Rank the sessions by order of your level of interest, with 1 being the session you are most interested in. 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: The Proper Role of Copyright in Protecting Software-Enabled Consumer Products

This session will explore general questions regarding the role and effectiveness of copyright law in providing appropriate protection for intellectual property contained within, and addressing practical and legal issues related to, software-enabled consumer products. Topics will include whether “software-enabled consumer products” are a definable category, and the benefits and drawbacks of copyright protection in this area.

Session 2: Ownership and Contractual Issues

This session will explore the role of software licenses, such as end-user license agreements and terms of service, in defining the ownership and use of software-enabled consumer products, including the benefits and drawbacks of such contractual arrangements and the interaction between such licenses and copyright law.

Session 3: Fair Use

This session will explore the interaction between fair use and software-enabled consumer products, particularly in relation to research, repair, interoperability, and reverse engineering activities.

Session 4: First Sale Doctrine, Section 117, and Other Limitations and Exceptions

This session will explore the interaction between other relevant limitations and exceptions on copyright protection (including the first sale doctrine and section 117) and software-enabled consumer products, including in relation to consumers’ ability to resell, repair, or otherwise dispose of such products.

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, the Office will post on this page the agenda (including the participants for each session) for these roundtables on or about May 13, 2016.

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.