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LCA Joins in Digital Millennium Copyright Act 1201 Submissions

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In early February 2015, the Library Copyright Alliance (LCA)—ALA, ARL, ACRL—joined in five filings in the sixth Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) Section 1201 Anti-Circumvention Rulemaking. The triennial rulemaking permits the Librarian of Congress, upon the recommendation of the Register of Copyrights, to grant exemptions to certain classes of works in order to circumvent technological measures in electronic devices that control access to copyrighted works. LCA requested the following exemptions: use of audiovisual works for educational use, for MOOCs, and for informal learning and K–12; e-book accessibility; and 3–D printing.

All of the submissions received by the US Copyright Office are available on the Copyright Office website.


The Association of Research Libraries (ARL) is a nonprofit organization of 125 research libraries in the US and Canada. ARL’s mission is to influence the changing environment of scholarly communication and the public policies that affect research libraries and the diverse communities they serve. ARL pursues this mission by advancing the goals of its member research libraries, providing leadership in public and information policy to the scholarly and higher education communities, fostering the exchange of ideas and expertise, facilitating the emergence of new roles for research libraries, and shaping a future environment that leverages its interests with those of allied organizations. ARL is on the web at http://www.arl.org/.

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