USACM Submits Comments For Security Research DMCA Exemption

By David Bruggeman
February 10, 2015

On February 6 USACM submitted a short comment to The Copyright Office in support of an exemption to the prohibitions against circumvention outlined in the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA).  Our comments were in support of an exemption for Software – Security Research (Class 25 of the twenty-seven classes open for comment).  This is part of a triennial rulemaking process that determines exemptions to the circumvention prohibitions for the following three years.

In this short comment, USACM argues in support of an exemption for this class, noting the value of examination and circumvention research for security research.

This first comment period closed on Friday, and was for commenters in support of, or neutral to, exemptions for the proposed classes.  The second round, closing on March 27, is for those opposed to the exemptions for the proposed classes.  There will then be a third round of comments closing on May 1.  This round is for supporters of exemptions for the proposed classes, or those neutral to them.  Comments in this round must be in reply to comments previously submitted to the record.