Tuesday, October 04, 2005

U.S. Copyright Office Seeks Comment on Potential Noncircumvention Exception

For those who feel that the anti-circumvention restrictions on sound recordings is too burdensome, it appears that the U.S. Copyright Office is taking notice. Comments should be sent to the link below.

From 70 CFR 57256:

The Copyright Office is preparing to conduct proceedings in accordance withsection 1201(a)(1) of title 17 U.S.C., which was added by the Digital MillenniumCopyright Act. This section provides that the Librarian of Congress may exemptcertain classes of works from the prohibition against circumvention oftechnological measures that control access to copyrighted works. The purpose ofthis rulemaking proceeding is to determine whether there are particular classesof works as to which users are, or are likely to be, adversely affected in theirability to make noninfringing uses due to the prohibition of circumvention.

The Copyright Office requests written comments from all interested parties,including representatives of copyright owners, educational institutions, librariesand archives, scholars, researchers, and members of the public, to elicitevidence on whether noninfringing uses of certain classes of works are, or arelikely to be, adversely affected by this prohibition on the circumvention ofmeasures that control access to copyrighted works. Written comments are dueby December 1, 2005. Reply comments are due by February 2, 2006.

Although the Copyright Office will accept comments delivered by hand or by theU.S. Postal Service, it prefers that comments be submitted through its website,which will contain a submission page here that will be activated approximately 30 days prior to each applicable deadline.For further information, go to the Copyright Office.