Thursday, September 29, 2016

✏️ LOC NOI :: Sec. 1201 Copyright Circumvention Protection Systems :: Comments Due Oct. 27

AGENCY:U.S. Copyright Office, Library of Congress.

ACTION:Notice of Inquiry.

The United States Copyright Office is requesting additional written comments in connection with its ongoing study on the operation of the statutory provisions regarding the circumvention of copyright protection systems. This request provides an opportunity for interested parties to address certain issues raised by various members of the public in response to the Office's initial Notice of Inquiry.

Written comments must be received no later than 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time on October 27, 2016. Written reply comments must be received no later than 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time on November 16, 2016.

The Copyright Office is using the system for the submission and posting of public comments in this proceeding. All comments are therefore to be submitted electronically through Specific instructions for submitting comments are available on the Copyright Office Web site at​policy/​1201/​commentsubmission/​. If electronic submission of comments is not feasible, please contact the Office using the contact information below for special instructions.

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

❕Notice of 09/30/2016 Digital Economy Board of Advisors Open Meeting

"This notice announces an open meeting of the Digital Economy Board of Advisors. The Board advises and provides recommendations to the Secretary of Commerce, through the Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Communications and Information and the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA), on a broad range of issues concerning the digital economy and Internet policy.
"The meeting will be held in two sessions on September 30, 2016, from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Pacific Daylight Time (PDT), and from 1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. PDT.
"The meeting will be held at Mozilla, 331 E. Evelyn Avenue, Mountain View, CA94041. Public comments may be mailed to: Digital Economy Board of Advisors, National Telecommunications and Information Administration, 1401 Constitution Avenue NW., Room 4725, Washington, DC 20230 or emailed to
"For further information contact Evelyn Remaley, Designated Federal Officer (DFO), at (202) 482-3821 or; and/or visit NTIA’s Web site at category/ digital-economy-board-advisors.
 "Federal Register Notice of 09/30/2016 Digital Economy Board of Advisors Open Meeting

Department of Commerce--Property Implications of Proposed Transition of U.S. Government Oversight of Key Internet Technical Functions

"The Department of Commerce’s National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) proposes to transition its oversight of key Internet technical functions (the IANA functions) and the Internet domain name system to a global multistakeholder community.  We addressed whether U.S. Government property will be transferred or otherwise disposed of in connection with the transition in violation of the Property Clause of the U.S. Constitution (Article IV).  We find it is unlikely that either the domain name system or the authoritative root zone file (the “address book” for the top-level domain) is U.S. Government property under Article IV.  We also find the Government may have certain data rights, and has limited intellectual and tangible property, all of which constitute Article IV property, but that property will be retained and not disposed of in connection with the transition. Finally, the Government has a contractual right to continued performance by the entities carrying out the IANA functions and related services. That right, which also constitutes U.S. Government property, would be disposed of if NTIA terminates the agreements rather than allowing them to expire, but NTIA has the requisite authority to dispose of this Government property interest."
B-327398: Sep 12, 2016