Ziffren Institute for Media, Entertainment, Technology and Sports Law

United States Copyright Office Section 1201 Roundtable

The Ziffren Center is proud to host the United States Copyright Office for the Section 1201 Roundtable. ​ 


Monday, April 23, 2018 

PROPOSED CLASS 8 Computer Programs — Video Game Preservation

This proposed class would expand upon the current exemption (codified at 37 CFR 201.40(b)(8)) permitting circumvention “by an eligible library, archives, or museum,” of TPMs protecting video games, for which outside server support has been discontinued. Specifically, this proposed class would expand the existing exemption “to further include multiplayer online games, video games with online multiplayer features, and massively multiplayer online games (MMOs), whether stored physically or in downloadable formats, and [to] add preservationists affiliated with archival institutions as users.” 

IN SUPPORT Alex Handy, Museum of Art and Digital Entertainment (“MADE”); David Petchy, James Clarendon,  Parham Gholami, International Game Developers Association;  Robert Walker, Brookes Degen, and Michael Deamer, Samuelson Law, Technology & Public Policy Clinic

IN OPPOSITION J. Matthew Williams, Association of American Publishers, Entertainment Software Association, Motion Picture Association of America, Inc., and Recording Industry Association of America (“Joint Creators II”); Steve Englund, Entertainment Software Association 

 PROPOSED CLASS 5 Computer Programs — Unlocking 

This proposed class would permit the circumvention of TPMs for computer programs that operate new and used “wireless devices” to allow connection to an alternative wireless network (a process commonly known as “unlocking”). 

IN SUPPORT Chris Connelly and Dylan Scher, Juelsgaard IP & Innovation Clinic; Kyle Wiens, iFixit 

IN OPPOSITION None 


Tuesday, April 24, 2018

PROPOSED CLASS 1 Audiovisual Works — Criticism and Comment — Educational and Cross-category 

For Class 1, because multiple proposals seek expansion of existing exemptions for circumvention of access controls protecting excerpts of motion pictures on DVDs, Blu-Ray discs, and digitally transmitted video for purposes of criticism and comment by various users — which raise some shared concerns — the Office grouped them into one class. This panel will focus on issues relating to the elimination of limitations on the types of user or use, and the proposed expansion of the existing exemptions relating to education uses. 

IN SUPPORT Art Neill, New Media Rights; Elizabeth Rosenblatt, Organization for Transformative Works; Jack Lerner, Brian Tamsut, and Jovan C. Ardy, UCI Intellectual Property, Arts, and Technology Clinic (optional); Tisha Turk, University of Minnesota, Morris

IN OPPOSITION Ben Sheffner, Motion Picture Association of America, Inc.; David J. Taylor, DVD CCA and AACS LA (optional); J. Matthew Williams Joint Creators II (optional)

PROPOSED CLASS 4 Audiovisual Works — HDCP/HDMI

This proposed class would allow circumvention of TPMs “to make noninfringing uses of audiovisual works that are subject to High-bandwidth Digital Content Protection (HDCP),” which restricts access to audiovisual works passing over High-Definition Multimedia Interface (“HDMI”) connections, such as through an HDMI cable. 

IN SUPPORT Kit Walsh, Electronic Frontier Foundation 

IN OPPOSITION David J. Taylor, DVD CCA and AACS LA; J. Matthew Williams, Joint Creators II; James M. Burger, Digital Content Protection, L.L.C. 


Wednesday, April 25, 2018 

PROPOSED CLASS 7 Computer Programs — Repair

This proposed class would expand the existing exemption relating to diagnosis, repair, and modification of motorized land vehicles, except for computer programs primarily designed for the control of telematics or entertainment systems.

IN SUPPORT Kit Walsh, Electronic Frontier Foundation; Kyle Wiens, iFixit; Matthew Zieminski, Puls; Robert Miranda, SmarTeks 

IN OPPOSITION J. Matthew Williams, Joint Creators II; Thomas Mooney, Harman International  

PROPOSED CLASS 11 Computer Programs — Avionics 

This proposed class would allow circumvention of TPMs to access data output by electronic systems used on aircraft, artificial satellites, and spacecraft; such systems are referred to as “avionics.” 

IN SUPPORT Bruce Jackson, Air Informatics LLC 

IN OPPOSITION None 

*Los Angeles Audience Participation Panelists from previous sessions and observers may sign up at the hearing to comment on topics discussed during earlier panels or raise and discuss other pertinent issues (limited availability).

This panel will also allow witnesses to testify for a class where the public hearing is being held in Washington, DC. 

IN OPPOSITION Class 3 Jamie Voris, The Walt Disney Studios; Johann George, OmniQ; Karin Gilford, Movies Anywhere 

* Depending on the number of requests to participate in the Los Angeles audience participation panel, the panel may be held before lunch instead of after lunch.


***This is a private event for invited guests only. For any questions please email ziffrencenter@law.ucla.edu***