May 24, 2022

U.S. Copyright Office Publishes “Draft Revision of the Library and Archives Exceptions in U.S. Copyright Law” (Section 108)

UPDATE June 23 Library Copyright Alliance Opposes Reform of US Copyright Act Section 108 (via ARL)

UPDATE June 7 Statement of the Library Copyright Alliance on the Copyright Office’s Notice of Inquiry Concerning Section 108 of the Copyright Act

The draft below will be formally published in the Federal Register tomorrow. A preview version was posted today.

From the Draft:

The United States Copyright Office is inviting interested parties to discuss potential revisions relating to the library and archives exceptions in the Copyright Act, 17 U.S.C. 108, in furtherance of the Copyright Office’s policy work in this area over the past ten years and as part of the current copyright review process in Congress. The Copyright Office has led and participated in major discussions on potential changes to section 108 since 2005, with the goal of updating the provisions to better reflect the facts, practices, and principles of the digital age and to provide greater clarity for libraries, archives, and museums.

To finalize its legislative recommendation, the Copyright Office seeks further input from the public on several remaining issues, including, especially, provisions concerning copies for users, security measures, public access, and third-party outsourcing. The Copyright Office therefore invites interested parties to schedule meetings in Washington, DC to take place during late June through July 2016, using the meeting request form referenced below.

Direct to Full Text Draft (and Embedded Below)

Section 108: Draft Revision of the Library and Archives Exceptions in U.S. Copyright Law

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