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Only 19 comments received by Copyright Office on DMCA rulemaking

The Copyright Office has posted the 19 comments it received (Due Dec. 2) this round concerning the Exemptions to Prohibition on Circumvention of Copyright Protection Systems for Access Control Technologies. Mailed submissions will be added to the site later.

The Library Copyright Alliance and Music Library Association recommended a proposed class of audiovisual works included in a library of a college or university, when circumvention is accomplished for the purpose of making compilations of portions of those works for educational use in the classroom by professors.

They note that in the last round, a narrow exemption was granted for audiovisual works included in the educational library of a college or university’s film or media studies department, when circumvention is accomplished for the purpose of making compilations of portions of those works for educational use in the classroom by media studies or film professors.

This argue that the exemption should be broadened to apply to audiovisual works included in any college or university library, not just the library of the media studies department. Second, it should apply to classroom uses by instructors in all subjects, not just media studies or film professors.  For example, an English professor teaching MacBeth should be able to put together clips of a scene from various productions.

The comments respond to a Notice of Inquiry to identify proposed classes of works by the Copyright Office published in the Federal Register Oct. 6, 2008.  Comments on those proposed classes are due February 2, 2009.

-again, thanks Cicely Wilson for the pointer.