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ASMP applauds the passage of HR 1695 by the House of Representatives by a decisive vote of 378-48. The bill, which makes the Register of Copyrights a presidential appointee subject to Senate confirmation, now goes to the Senate for its consideration.
“I was delighted to see the House pass HR 1695. The selection process will now benefit from Congressional input on potential nominees. I look forward to continuing to work with our advocacy counsel Mike Klipper to meet with Senate staffers to help push this legislation forward. This important legislation positions the Register to have sufficient autonomy in controlling IT improvements, budget, and personnel matters necessary to modernizing the Copyright Office” said Tom Kennedy, Executive Director of ASMP.
House Judiciary Committee Chairman Rep. Bob Goodlatte (R-VA) and Ranking Member John Conyers (D-MI) will now turn their attention to addressing the other elements of the Copyright Office and copyright law reform that they articulated as priorities last December. We believe this is great news for all individual creators.
ASMP will continue to work with other groups representing small creators to advance our legislative priorities. We will again call on our members to assist us in this important advocacy work so that our voices will be fully heard on the pending legislation. Thanks to those who of you have weighed in previously with your local Representative. That effort has made a difference and we are clearly benefiting from being in the conversation.
“Mike Klipper and I had a brief conversation today with Keith Kupferschmid, Executive Director of the Copyright Alliance, and he commented on how valuable ASMP’s grassroots efforts have been in securing passage of HR 1695. ASMP members made a real difference” exclaimed Kennedy.