On October 16, 2019, US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) published in the Federal Register a notice of proposed rulemaking [USCBP-2019-0037] to amend the CBP regulations pertaining to importations of merchandise that violate or are suspected of violating the copyright laws, including the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA), in accordance with Title III of the Trade Facilitation and Trade Enforcement Act of 2015 (TFTEA). The proposed amendments set forth in the document are intended to clarify the definition of “piratical articles,” simplify the detention process involving goods suspected of violating the copyright laws, and prescribe new regulations enforcing the DMCA.  The proposal would amend 19 C.F.R. Parts 113, 133, 148, 151 and 177.

Comments on the proposed rule must be received on or before December 16, 2019.