TLPC Files Three DMCA Reply Comments for Disability Services, Multimedia E-Books, and Security Research

Today the TLPC filed three reply comments to the U.S. Copyright Office as part of the seventh triennial Section 1201 proceeding. Under Section 1201 of the DMCA, parties may petition the Copyright Office every three years to create or modify exemptions when the DMCA adversely affects noninfringing activities. Opponents filed public comments in February responding to the initial long form comments filed in December.

Disability Services

The TLPC continues its efforts to make copyrighted works accessible to people with disabilities. Today, student attorneys Sophie Galleher and John Schoppert filed a reply comment responding to opponents who filed public comments against the initial comment. on behalf of the Association of Transcribers and Speech-to-Text Providers (ATSP), the TLPC’s client, and the Association of Research Libraries (ARL), the American Library Association (ALA), the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL), and the Association on Higher Education and Disability (AHEAD). We seek a new exemption to Section 1201 that would allow disabilities services professionals to circumvent technological protection measures to make video accessible.

Security Research

Student attorneys Alex Kimata and Brett Hildebrand filed a reply comment in response to opposition for modifications to an existing (and presumptively renewed) exemption to better protect good faith security researchers. This modification seeks to expand the limits on the kinds of devices and environments researchers can access, as well as reduce the uncertainty of legal liability for legitimate security research. TLPC filed this reply on behalf of Prof. Ed Felten and Prof. J. Alex Halderman, security researchers focused on computer security and privacy and the TLPC’s clients, and the Center for Democracy and Technology.

Multimedia E-Books

Student attorneys Angel Antkers and Susan Miller, along with colleagues at the UC Irvine Intellectual Property, Art, and Technology (IPAT) Clinic,  filed a reply comment responding to opponents’ public comments regarding the current (and presumptively renewed) exemption for using video in nonfiction multimedia e-books. This modification to the exemption would enable authors to create fictional multimedia e-books, to create multimedia e-books on subjects other than film analysis, and to remove the existing limitation on screen-capture technology. The TLPC and UC IPAT teams filed the reply comment on behalf of the TLPC’s client, Authors Alliance, as well as Professor Bobette Buster, the American Association of University Professors (AAUP), the Organization for Transformative Works (OTW), and the Interactive Fiction Technology Foundation (IFTF).

Students who wrote the comments will travel to Washington D.C. in April to advocate on behalf of their clients at hearings before the U.S. Copyright Office.