Section 1201(a)(1) title 17,
United States Code
Register Notice Seeking Written Comments (Oct.
Register Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (Dec.
Comment Submission Form
The Copyright Office is conducting this rulemaking proceeding mandated
by the Digital Millennium Copyright Act,
which provides that the Librarian of Congress may exempt certain classes
of works from the prohibition against circumvention of technological measures
that control access to copyrighted works.
The purpose of this proceeding is 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 due to the prohibition on circumvention
of access controls. This page contains links to published documents in this
The Notice of Inquiry in this
fourth anticircumvention rulemaking requests written comments from all interested
parties, including representatives of copyright owners, educational institutions,
libraries and archives, scholars, researchers and members of the public,
in order to elicit evidence on whether noninfringing uses of certain classes
of works are, or are likely to be, adversely affected by this prohibition
on the circumvention of measures that control access to copyrighted works.
The entire records of the previous anticircumvention
rulemakings are available. The first rulemaking took place in 2000.
The second was in 2003. The third was in 2006.