U.S. Copyright Office to Hold Public Hearings on DMCA Exemptions

By Renee Dopplick, ACM Director of Public Policy
May 11, 2015

The U.S. Copyright Office will hold public hearings in May on the proposed exemptions to the prohibitions against circumvention of copyrighted works given in the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA). The public hearings will be held May 19-21 in Los Angeles, California and May 26-29 in Washington, D.C. The final agenda identifies the proposed exemptions and witnesses scheduled for each day.

The hearing on the proposed exemption for software security research is scheduled for May 26 at the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C. Ten witnesses, eight proponents and two opponents, will testify. USACM previously submitted comments in support of the proposed exemption for software security research.

The hearings will provide an opportunity for supporters and opponents to provide factual, legal, and technical evidence before the Copyright Office determines which, if any, of the 27 proposed exemptions to grant for up to a three-year period. Witnesses have the option of demonstrating the technologies involved.

This is part of a triennial rulemaking process that determines exemptions to the circumvention prohibitions for the following three years.

The final round of public comments ended on May 1.