Bill Requiring Congressional Approval Of Copyright Head Advanced

Bill Requiring Congressional Approval of Copyright Head Advanced

This week, the House Judiciary Committee voted overwhelmingly to advance the Register of Copyrights Selection and Accountability Act, a bipartisan bill authored by House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.) and Ranking Member John Conyers, Jr. (D-Mich.).  In particular, this legislation would require the head of the U.S. Copyright Office (the Register), currently appointed by the Librarian of Congress, to be approved through the advice and consent process of Congress and be given a 10-year term limit. Moreover, the Register would only be able to be removed for cause, an item of note given the concerns of Goodlatte and …

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