The Copyright Office is currently accepting comments, though decisions won't come down for a couple years.
The music industry has barely caught its breath from its latest episode in Washington D.C and two new issues, both of great importance, have already appeared on the horizon.
The first is an upcoming public study of the Digital Millennial Copyright Act's "safe harbor" provisions by the U.S. Copyright Office. Specifically, the Office wants to assess the costs and burdens associated with the notice-and-takedown process of the DMCA on both small and large copyright owners as well as digital services and the public.
This review will expose a raw nerve for both the entertainment and technology industries. The DMCA established rules for how copyright owners and digital services must deal with copyrighted content being hosted and made available without with a rights owner's consent. Knowing that digital services can't be responsible for all infringing content uploaded by their users, Congress established safe harbor provisions to protect services from any liability that might arise from their users' actions. These rules require, among other things, that digital services promptly act on legitimate and properly formatted takedown requests received from copyright holders.