Copyright Office Seeks Additional Comments for Section 1201 Study
Issue No. 635 - September 27, 2016

The U.S. Copyright Office is conducting a study to evaluate the operation of section 1201 of title 17 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 system. Specific instructions for submitting comments are available on the Copyright Office website at Comments are due on or before October 27, 2016. Reply comments are due on or before November 16, 2016.