FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
MAY 27, 1999

CONTACT: Mary F. Hanley
202-482-7002

U.S. COMMERCE DEPARTMENT SEEKS COMMENTS ON EFFECTS OF DIGITAL MILLENNIUM COPYRIGHT ACT ON ENCRYPTION TECHNOLOGY RESEARCH

Washington - The National Telecommunications and Information Administration of the Department of Commerce along with the U.S. Copyright Office of the Library of Congress is seeking comments from the public on the impact of provisions of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) of 1998, on encryption research.

The NTIA requests comments from interested parties on encryption research and the development of encryption technology; the adequacy and effectiveness of technological measures designed to protect copyrighted works; and the protection of copyright owners against access to their encrypted works. The DMCA defines encryption research as identification and analysis of flaws and vulnerabilities of encryption technologies applied to copyrighted works. The research activity must promote understanding of encryption technology or advance the development of encryption products.

The DMCA directs NTIA to prepare a report to Congress that includes legislative recommendations, if any, no later than one year after the October 28, 1998 enactment of DMCA. Comments are due 60 days after today's listing in the Federal Register.

Written comments may be submitted in paper or electronic form. Comments may be mailed to Paula J. Bruening, Office of Chief Counsel, National Telecommunications and Information Administration, Room 4713, U.S. Department of Commerce, Washington, D.C. 20230 and Jesse M. Feder, Office of Policy and International Affairs, U.S. Copyright Office, Copyright GC/I&R, P.O. Box 70400, Southwest Station, Washington, D.C. 20024. Paper versions should include a version on diskette in PDF, ASCII, Word Perfect, or Microsoft Word format, with specific versions indicated. Comments should be sent to both the Department of Commerce and Copyright Office addresses.

Comments submitted in electronic form should be sent to dmca@ntia.doc.gov and crypto@loc.gov.

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