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Copyright Office Seeks DMCA Comments

22 Nov, 2002 By: Holly J. Wagner

Expect entertainment and tech industry heavyweights to have plenty to say as the U.S. Copyright Office gathers public comments on the controversial anti-circumvention provisions of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act.

The provisions cover skirting technology “that effectively controls access to works protected under” the DMCA.

Corporations and individuals may comment by letter or using an online form. The first round of comments is for proposed exemptions and closes Dec. 18. After that a response period opens up. Entertainment companies are expected to hold their comments until that period, which closes in February.

A senior attorney in the copyright office said the office received 235 comments in the first federally mandated review in October 2000, but the battle over copy controls in hardware like DVD players has heated up the issue since then.

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