Regulatory Filings

E-Reader Accessibility
Student attorneys on one of the IP Clinic policy teams helped prepare reply comments for the Association of Research Libraries (ARL) to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) in opposition of GC Docket No. 10-213, petition for class waiver regarding access to advanced communication services in E-Readers for people with disabilities. Student attorneys urged the FCC to enforce its rules requiring that devices like the Amazon Kindle and the Barnes & Noble Nook be accessible to visually-impaired users.

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Digital Millenium Copyright Act Triennial Rulemaking

Every three years the Copyright Office holds a proceeding to consider and grant limited exemptions to for users who can show the law is creating a substantial burden on free expression or other valuable activities. Student attorneys have worked on several DCMA exemption petitions, notably with Peter Decherney, Professor of Cinema Studies and English at the University of Pennsylvania, asking for exemptions for audiovisual works on behalf of college and university students and professors.

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Dance Heritage Coalition (DHC) 

Clinic students collaborated with Dance Heritage Coalition (DHC) who, in the course of preserving and providing access to historical dance works, has encountered issues regarding works for whom the owners could not be found and/or contacted. On behalf of DHC, the Clinic prepared a comment conveying DHC’s unique circumstances that was submitted to the Copyright Office in response to a call for comments on Orphan Works. The purpose of the comment was to ensure the preservation of dance’s cultural history for generations to come and ensure that the voices of those seeking to preserve this cultural history were heard during the formation of potential orphan works legislation.

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Professor Peter Decherney

Comments to the Copyright Office regarding its anti-circumvention rulemaking under the DMCA, requesting the creation, renewal, and expansion of exemptions for film professors and students accessing DVDs for educational purposes.

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2011-2012, 2009, 2008-2009, 2005-2006

Media Literacy Education

Comments in DMCA triennial rulemaking proposing an exemption for K-12 teachers who use audiovisual works for educational purposes.

2011-2012, 2010

Digital Education Coalition

Comments in response to FCC Notice of Proposed Rulemaking regarding net neutrality.


The Internet Archive

Comments in DMCA triennial rulemaking proposing an exemption for a class of works which requires obsolete operating systems or hardware as a condition of access.


Copyright Clearance Initiative

Comments to Copyright Office in response to Notice of Inquiry regarding Orphan works.


American Library Association Broadcast Flag

Comments on FCC proposal for a broadcast flag for digital copy control.


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