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New Digital Millennium Copyright Act 1201 Rules Released

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On October 27, 2015, the Library of Congress released its final rules for the current three-year cycle of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act’s (DMCA) Section 1201 rulemaking. The updated rules continue to support access for people who are print disabled by allowing them to circumvent technological protection measures on literary works distributed electronically. The rules also expand a copyright exemption for motion picture excerpts for educational purposes. The Association of Research Libraries, as part of the Library Copyright Alliance, submitted five filings in the rulemaking process in February.

For more details, see the ARL Policy Notes blog post, “New 1201 Rules on Exemptions to Prohibition on Circumvention of Technological Protection Measures Released.”

The Association of Research Libraries (ARL) is a nonprofit organization of 124 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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