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Government Establishes Interim Copyright Rules for ISPs

Internet service providers cheered provisions in the recently passed Digital Millennium Copyright Act that limited their liability for copyright infringements made by their customers. This week, they learned the protection wouldn't be free.

Late Tuesday, the Copyright Office of the Library of Congress published interim regulations that became effective immediately establishing rules for dealing with any infringement claims.

Those interim regulations stipulate that until the rules enacted Tuesday are replaced with final guidelines, ISPs must pay a $20 filing fee when they designate an agent that will receive infringement claims.

The Copyright Office warned that fee will likely go up when the final regulations are set. The rulemaking process to establish the final rules, which will include a public comment period, will likely take several weeks.