HOUSE JUDICIARY COMMITTEE OVERWHELMINGLY PASSES BIPARTISAN LEGISLATION ON SELECTION PROCESS FOR COPYRIGHT REGISTER

The Register of Copyright is an important appointee, as the person in this role makes recommendations to Congress on Copyright. The Register can impact legislation, affect regulations, and issue findings that impact crucial court decisions.

When the Register of Copyright, Maria Pallante, was fired by the Carla Hayden last year, the new Librarian of Congress, many in Congress and in the creative community, went ballistic. Given her background and history, few felt at all confident in who Carla Hayden would choose as a replacement. (Meanwhile, the Acting Copyright Register, Karyn Temple Claggett, has been doing a terrific job, keeping up the public studies on copyright.)

The big news in this area is the overwhelming bipartisan support for changing the selection process to be a presidential appointee. The House Judiciary Committee has voted overwhelmingly to make this change.  This is a story to keep your eye on.