May 25, 2022

U.S. Copyright Office Will Publish Final Rule on DMCA Exemptions Tomorrow, Full Text Copy Available Now

UPDATE 3: Analysis of the Final Rule by Krista Cox, Director of Public Policy, Association of Research Libraries

UPDATE 2: Statement by Library Copyright Alliance (ACRL, ALA, ARL)

UPDATE 1:  Introduction to the Copyright Office Recommendations Can Be Found Here (8 pages; PDF via U.S. Copyright Office)

The U.S. Copyright office received more than 40,000 written comments on this matter. “The Register recommended that the Librarian adopt exemptions covering twenty-two types of uses.”

Here’s a full text copy (pre-pub version; 81 pages) that was just made available of the final rule that what will be formally published tomorrow (October 28, 2015) in the Federal Register.

Formal Title: Prohibition on Circumvention of Copyright Protection Systems for Access Control Technologies; Exemptions

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U.S. Copyright Office: Exemption to Prohibition on Circumvention of Copyright Protection Systems for Acces…

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