Technical Measures Consultations

The U.S. Copyright Office’s 2020 report, Section 512 of Title 17, acknowledged the important role technologies and technical measures can play in addressing internet piracy. Stakeholders have engaged in a range of voluntary collaborations and technical measures to supplement the enforcement framework, but further discussion and collaboration would help ensure that these measures provide a reasonable, effective, and flexible approach for all stakeholders involved. In a letter dated June 24, 2021, Senators Patrick Leahy and Thom Tillis requested that the Copyright Office “convene a representative working group of relevant stakeholders to achieve the identification and implementation of technical measures.”

On December 22, 2021, the Office issued a Federal Register notice announcing a series of consultations on technical measures that identify or protect copyrighted works. These consultations will address current and forthcoming technologies for identifying or protecting works, including the technologies’ availability, their use-cases, and their limitations. The Office held a public plenary session to launch these consultations on February 22, 2022, via Zoom.

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