Copyright Office Announces DMCA Public Hearings

The Copyright Office of the Library of Congress will be holding public hearings on the possible exemptions to the prohibition against circumvention of technological measures that control access to copyrighted works. In accordance with the Copyright Act, as amended by the Digital Millennium Copyright Act, the Office is conducting its triennial rulemaking proceeding to determine whether there are particular “classes of works” as to which users are, or are likely to be, adversely affected in their ability to make noninfringing uses if they are prohibited from circumventing such technological measures.


Public hearings will be held in Palo Alto, California on Thursday, March 23, 2006, and Friday, March 24, 2006. The Palo Alto hearings will be held in the Moot Court Room (Room 80) of the Stanford Law School, Crown Quadrangle, Palo Alto, CA.

Public hearings will also be held in Washington, DC on Wednesday, March 29, 2006; Friday, March 31, 2006; Monday, April 3, 2006; and Tuesday, April 4, 2006; all beginning at 9:30 AM. The Washington, DC round of public hearings will be held in the Mumford, Room, LM-649, of the James Madison Building of the Library of Congress, 101 Independence Ave, SE., Washington, DC.

Requests to testify must be received by 5 p.m. E.S.T. on Friday March 10, 2006. Requests to testify may be submitted through the request form available at


Rob Kasunic, Principal Legal Advisor, Office of the General Counsel, Copyright GC/I&R, PO Box 70400, Washington, DC 20024-0400. Telephone (202) 707-8380; fax (202) 707- 8366.

U.S. Copyright Office. Notice of Public Hearings: Exemption to Prohibition on Circumvention of Copyright Protection Systems for Access Control Technologies. Federal Register. (Volume 71, Number 36) Feb. 23, 2006.

See also:

U.S. Copyright Office. Rulemaking on Exemptions from Prohibition on Circumvention of Technological Measures that Control Access to Copyrighted Works. No date.

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02/27/2006 at 09:00

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