The Copyright Office to Hold Public Hearings in Rulemaking

March 18, 2003

In accordance with the Copyright Act, as amended by the Digital Millennium Copyright Act, the Office is conducting its triennial rulemaking proceeding pursuant to 17 U.S.C. section 1201 to determine whether there are particular “classes of works” as to which users are, or are likely to be, adversely affected in their ability to make noninfringing uses if they are prohibited from circumventing such technological measures.

Public hearings will be held in Washington, D.C., on Friday, April 11, 2003; on Tuesday, April 15, 2003; on Wednesday, April 30, 2003; and on Friday, May 2, 2003. The hearings will begin at 9:30 a.m. For locations, see the Federal Register notice announcing the hearings.

Public hearings will also be held in California in May at a time and location to announced later. Requests to testify at the Washington, D.C., hearings must be received by 5:00 p.m. EST on April 1, 2003. For further information on the hearings and on the requirements for the requests to testify, see the Copyright Office website at

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