DMCA Reform: Lessons from the Copyright Office’s Triennial Review


Rayburn House Office Building, Room 2226
45 Independence Ave SW
Washington DC, 20515

Click here to RSVP or use the form below. Lunch will be provided. Follow the event on Twitter with #1201Reform. 

Please join Public Knowledge and an expert panel in a discussion of the Copyright Office’s recent triennial rulemaking under Section 1201 of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act. The panel will address how problems with the Section 1201 rulemaking process impact consumers, creators, innovators, researchers, farmers, and Americans with disabilities.


Sasha Moss -  Counsel, Office of Congressman Blake Farenthold 


Corynne McSherry - Legal Director at Electronic Frontier Foundation

Kyle Wiens - Co-founder and CEO of iFixit, a right to repair group

Gordon Quinn - Artistic Director and founding member of Kartemquin Films

Mark Richert, Esq. - Director of Public Policy  at American Foundation for the Blind


Kerry Maeve Sheehan, Cahill Gordon & Reindel LLP Fellow, Public Knowledge

Originally intended to prevent piracy of copyrighted works, Section 1201 of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act makes it unlawful for consumers to get around (circumvent) the “digital locks” on the devices and media that they own. With the “Internet of things," these digital locks show up in an ever increasing amount of consumer technologies. These digital locks, and the legal penalties Section 1201 imposes for breaking them, make it difficult or impossible for consumers to use, repair, or modify the stuff they own in the way best suited to them, and for educators, filmmakers, and innovators to lawfully adapt both content and electronic devices to suit their needs. To reduce the impact of these digital locks on lawful and valuable activities, every there years the Librarian of Congress and the Copyright Office are required to undertake a rulemaking process and grant exemptions to Section 1201.

In October 2015, the Librarian of Congress and the Copyright Office concluded the most recent rulemaking proceeding. While the Librarian granted many of the requested exemptions this year, the restrictions on those exemptions and the way the rulemaking process itself works continue to inhibit those who want to use, repair, test, and modify their devices, as well as artists and creators who want to create valuable new cultural works.

Come learn more about these issues and what Congress can do to help solve the problem.

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