January 18, 2022

U.S. Copyright Office Seeks Additional Comments For Section 1201 Study

From the U.S. Copyright Office:

The U.S. Copyright Office is conducting a study to evaluate the operation of section 1201 of title 17 [circumvention of copyright protection systems] and has reviewed public input from the first round of written comments and from roundtable participation. To further aid the analysis, the Copyright Office is now soliciting additional written comments on a subset of issues.

These include proposals that would update the statute’s permanent exemption framework and amend the anti-trafficking provisions to better enable intended beneficiaries of exemptions to engage in lawful circumvention activities, as identified further in the September 27, 2016 Federal Register notice.

You may access the Federal Register notice here.

Written comments are to be submitted electronically using the regulations.gov system.

Specific instructions for submitting comments are available on the Copyright Office website. Comments are due on or before October 27, 2016. Reply comments are due on or before November 16, 2016.

About Gary Price

Gary Price (gprice@mediasourceinc.com) is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. Before launching INFOdocket, Price and Shirl Kennedy were the founders and senior editors at ResourceShelf and DocuTicker for 10 years. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at Ask.com, and is currently a contributing editor at Search Engine Land.