2016 letter to U.S. Copyright Office
March 3, 2016
Kevin R. Amer
Senior Counsel for Policy and International Affairs
United States Copyright Office
Library of Congress
101 Independence Ave. SE
Washington, D.C. 20559-6009
Dear Mr. Amer:
Re: Docket No. 2015–8, Section 1201 Study: Notice and Request for Public Comment
You responded to our request on February 16 in a letter stating that the United States Copyright Office "cannot allow submission of comments outside the regulations.gov system on the basis of your objection to the use of proprietary software." In addition, you stated that one reason your office was denying our request was that doing so may "give rise to requests for separate submission procedures from any number of groups and individuals."
Your agency already allows two submission procedures: you do allow some people to submit comments on paper, and the rest use regulations.gov. We have simply requested the ability to submit via paper, not our own separate submission procedure.
We hope you will reconsider your decision, and either accept written comments from those who object on moral grounds to the regulations.gov system, or provide a simpler digital system that does not force the public to blindly use a particular company's proprietary software to participate.
Joshua Gay & Donald Robertson, III
Free Software Foundation, Inc.
51 Franklin Street, Fifth Floor
Boston, MA 02110-1335