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Section 512 Study: Extension of Comment Period

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U.S. Copyright Office, Library of Congress.


Extension of comment period.


The United States Copyright Office is extending the deadline for the submission of written comments in response to its December 31, 2015 Notice of Inquiry regarding the operation of section 512 of Title 17.


Initial written comments are now due no later than 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time on April 1, 2016.


The Copyright Office is using the system for the submission and posting of public comments in this proceeding. All comments are therefore to be submitted electronically through Specific instructions for submitting comments are available on the Copyright Office Web site at​policy/​section512/​comment-submission/​. If electronic submission of comments is not feasible, please contact the Office using the contact information below for special instructions.

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Jacqueline C. Charlesworth, General Counsel and Associate Register of Copyrights,; or Karyn Temple Claggett, Director of the Office of Policy and International Affairs and Associate Register of Copyrights, Each can be reached by telephone at (202) 707-8350.

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The United States Copyright Office is undertaking a public study to evaluate the impact and effectiveness of the DMCA safe harbor provisions contained in section 512 of Title 17. On December 31, 2015, the Office issued a Notice of Inquiry seeking public input on several questions relating to that topic. See 80 FR 81862 (Dec. 31, 2015). To ensure that commenters have sufficient time to respond, the Office is extending the deadline for the submission of initial comments in response to the Notice to April 1, 2016, at 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time. Please note that in light of the expected time frame for this study, the Office is unlikely to grant further extensions for these comments.

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Dated: February 25, 2016.

Maria A. Pallante,

Register of Copyrights, U.S. Copyright Office.

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[FR Doc. 2016-04641 Filed 3-2-16; 8:45 am]