Requests for Comments

Before the government implements changes to various compliance processes, agencies often solicit comments.  These solicitations offer industry opportunities to provide feedback on how proposed rule or process changes will impact your business.  AAFA often provides comments on behalf of the industry as a whole, but submitting comments specific to your company carry just as much weight.

Congress and many government agencies are soliciting comments on a range of issues that may affect your business. 

1. 2019 Special 301 Out-of-Cycle Review of Notorious Markets: Comment Request
Agency: USTR
Deadline for comments: September 30, 2019 
Deadline for submission of rebuttal comments: October 15, 2019
Public Hearing (if any): N/A
Deadline to appear before public hearing: N/A
Deadline for submission of post-hearing briefs: N/A
Link to notice: Notice
Background Information (if any): The Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) requests written comments that identify online and physical markets to be considered for inclusion in the 2019 Out-of-Cycle Review of Notorious Markets (Notorious Markets List). Conducted under the auspices of the Special 301 program, the Notorious Markets List identifies examples of online and physical markets based outside the United States that reportedly engage in and facilitate substantial copyright piracy or trademark counterfeiting. In 2010, USTR began publishing the Notorious Markets List separately from the annual Special 301 Report as an “Out-of-Cycle Review.”

Staff Liaison: Steve Lamar

Contact Steve Lamar or Nate Herman for more information on submitting comments.