Every three years, the Copyright Office decides which noninfringing uses of technology will be considered exempt from anticircumvention rules.
Anyone can submit exemption requests to the Copyright Office during this time, and the more voices the better. Below, you can select from the following three exemptions, and comment on why these are important:
Rip My DVDs: This exemption allows DVD owners to continue to be able to access and enjoy the copies of the works they have bought, even as the formats in which they purchased them become increasingly obsolete. It will also allow copy owners to convert their copies to a different format for backup purposes. Read more here.
Unlock My 3D Printer: This exemption allows owners of 3D printers to access of programs designed to prevent the use of non-authorized feedstocks in 3D printers. Read more here.
Access My Medical Device: This exemption allows people with personal medical devices, such as pacemakers, to access their medical data. Read more here.
You can learn more about all three of these issues in our latest blog post.
These aren't the only uses the Copyright Office will be hearing about. Without exemptions, Section 1201 prohibits all sorts of things that have practically nothing to do with copyright law. Other examples include conducting security research, using eBook applications that benefit the blind and the visually impaired, and replacing outdated software.
Tell the Copyright Office why these exemptions are important below!*
(If you want to submit a more detailed request, download the long form from the Copyright Office here. You can comment on other exemptions directly with the Copyright Office or through other calls to action, like the Right to Repair site here.)
*Submissions will become part of the public docket at the Copyright Office. Your name is required for submission. Your email address and ZIP code are for Public Knowledge's use only and will not be shared with anyone else. Include your ZIP code so we can tell your member of Congress that their constituents care about this issue.