Sovereign Immunity Study Public Roundtables

Request to Participate

The U.S. Copyright Office will hold public roundtables for its sovereign immunity study on December 11, 2020, via the Zoom videoconferencing platform. The roundtables will have a limited number of spaces for participants. Therefore, each participating entity may designate only one individual to represent it in a particular roundtable session. Depending on the number of requests received, however, a single entity may participate in more than one session. The Office will attempt to accommodate preferences to the greatest extent possible while allowing for the maximum number of viewpoints.

If you are interested in participating in one or more roundtable sessions as a speaker/participant, please provide the information requested in the form below. If more than one individual seeks to participate on behalf of a particular entity, each such individual should complete and submit a participation form. Forms should be submitted electronically through this website no later than 11:59 p.m. eastern time on Monday, November 16, 2020. If an individual is unable to submit the form electronically, please contact Kevin Amer at [email protected], Mark Gray at [email protected], or Jalyce Mangum at [email protected] for further instructions.

Note: Use this form only to indicate that you wish to participate in a public roundtable. For those who wish to observe the roundtable without participating as a panelist, the Office will provide sign-up information on this page approximately one week prior to the event.

The proceedings will be recorded and transcribed for the record. Both the recording and the transcription will be posted on the Copyright Office website when they become available. Participants will be asked to complete a release form for the video recording by December 8, 2020.

Participant Information

(if applicable)
Street Address
Address Line 2
Email Address

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

Rank the topics 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, leave the space next to that panel blank.

Interest Level

Topic 1: Evidence of State Infringement

Sessions for this topic will consider evidence of actual or threatened copyright infringement by states.

Topic 2: State Policies for Infringement

Sessions for this topic will consider state policies and practices for minimizing copyright infringement and addressing infringement claims.

Topic 3: State Law Remedies

Sessions for this topic will consider alternative remedies provided by state law to address copyright infringement by states.

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. The Office will post the agenda for the roundtables, including the participants for each session, on this page on or about December 4, 2020.