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Rep. Chu Praises Vote to Advance Changes at the Copyright Office

March 29, 2017
Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Today, the House Judiciary Committee voted to approve H.R. 1695, the Register of Copyrights and Accountability Act, a bill that would require the Register of Copyrights to be a position that is nominated by the President and confirmed by the Senate. The bill would also set a term limit of ten years for this position, which could be renewed. Currently, the Register, who oversees the Copyright Office, is appointed by the Librarian of Congress. Rep. Judy Chu (CA-27), who is a cosponsor of H.R. 1695 and co-chair of the Creative Rights Caucus, released the following statement:

“Copyright industries contribute over one trillion dollars to our economy. A modern copyright office would help meet the needs of evolving industries in our country. This bill is an important first step in ensuring that the Register is responsive to all interested stakeholders and is addressing the Office’s unique needs. I have called for this change throughout the Judiciary Committee’s copyright review and I am encouraged by its passage in the Committee today. I commend Chairman Bob Goodlatte and Ranking Member John Conyers for their leadership on this issue. I look forward to continuing my work with them to make other reforms to the Office and bring it into the modern age.”  

Along with Rep. Tom Marino (R-PA), Rep. Chu introduced H.R. 890, the Copyright Office for the Digital Economy (CODE) Act. This bill proposes structural improvements to the Copyright Office, which includes the changes in H.R. 1695 such as requiring the Register position to be appointed by the President and consented by the Senate.

The bill text for the CODE Act can be found here