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UPDATE: Thank you for your interest in filing comments with the USTR. The deadline for submissions has passed and we are no longer able to file comments, however you can now read the comments that were filed here. If you managed to file comments and would like to comment about your experience, please post a comment here by scrolling down to the end to the page.
The US Trade Representative is gathering comments from the public on how it should protect U.S. intellectual property interests in other countries. This process is called the "Special 301." The big content industries have long used the Special 301 to complain about lax copyright enforcement, resist limitations and exceptions to copyright that benefit the public and force one-sided copyright laws on other countries. But the Special 301 doesn't have to be the exclusive province of these special interests — it can also be used to make the public's voice heard.
Now is the time to voice your opinion on how US copyright law's limitations and exceptions — which are beneficial to libraries, education, innovation, and the general public — should be advanced abroad.
Let's fill the docket and urge the USTR to export fair use, and other provisions of US law that promote creativity, access to knowledge, and innovation. Now is the chance for your voice to be heard. File your comments with the USTR below, now!
Filing a comment is easy, just follow these steps:
Review the following suggested comments and make any changes you desire. Remember to add your name at the end of the comments, below the "Sincerely." Note: You must include the following phrase in your comments for the USTR to receive them "2010 Special 301 Review":
Once finished Select all the comment text by clicking IN the box and choosing "Select All" from your browser's "Edit" menu. Copy the selected text by choosing "Copy" from the your browser's "Edit" menu.
Once you've selected your comment text click on the following link, paste your comments into the comment section of the form from Regulations.gov, fill in the remaining required fields, press Preview Comment, follow the instructions for reviewing your form, and press Submit to submit your comments.
After you've filed your formal comment at Regulations.gov, if you'd like to let us know you filed in the docket, leave a comment below and tell us your "Comment Tracking Number."
UPDATE:The deadline for submissions has passed and we are no longer able to file comments, however you can now read the comments that were filed here.