May 27, 2022

U.S. Copyright Office Announces Plan to Study Role of Copyright Law and Software-Enabled Consumer Products

The “notice of inquiry” (15 pages; PDF) about the study will for formally published in the Federal Register tomorrow. A preview copy is available today and embedded below.

From the Document

The U.S. Copyright Office is undertaking a study at the request of Congress to review the role of copyright law with respect to software-enabled consumer products. The topics of public inquiry include whether the application of copyright law to software in everyday products enables or frustrates innovation and creativity in the design, distribution and legitimate uses of new products and innovative services.

The Office also is seeking information as to whether legitimate interests or business models for copyright owners and users could be improved or undermined by changes to the copyright law in this area. This is a highly specific study not intended to examine or address more general questions about software and copyright protection.

Software-Enabled Consumer Products Study: Notice and Request for Public Comment

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