U.S. Copyright Office

February 8, 2000
Issue 77

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Federal Register

Office Extends Deadline for Comment/Reply Periods for Section 1201 Rulemaking

The Copyright Office is extending for one week both the comment and reply periods in the rulemaking pursuant to section 1201(a)(1) of the Copyright Act on possible exemptions to the prohibition against circumvention of technological measures that control access to copyrighted works. See 64 FR 66139 (Nov. 24, 1999). The new deadline for the comment period is Feb. 17, 2000, and the deadline for the reply comments is March 20, 2000. A notice extending the deadline will be published in the Federal Register within the next several days. 

In addition, the Office is expanding the list of acceptable formats in which comments may be submitted electronically. In addition to the previously detailed list of formats--Abode Portable Document File (PDF) format, Microsoft Word Version 7.0 or earlier, and WordPerfect 7 or earlier--comments will now be accepted in ASCII text file format or RTF (Rich Text File) format. If submitted by e-mail, all comments must be submitted as MIME file attachments to the e-mail message. 

The Office is also replying to some concerns about the requirement that the submitting party must include mailing address, telephone number, telefax number, and e-mail address. Please read the Federal Register notice for further information on this as well as other aspects of submitting comments. 

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