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ASMP Joins the Blue Wave on Capitol Hill for Hearing on Oversight of USCO

Register Karyn Temple (center) with Blue Wave creators at House Judiciary Committee oversight hearing © John Harrington

ASMP joined the Copyright Alliance, PPA, and other creator groups on the Hill for the House Judiciary Committee hearing on oversight of the United States Copyright Office (USCO). Register Karyn Temple addressed questions about copyright office modernization, registration and recordation, law and policy, and another topic of concern to ASMP members and other creators – Small Claims. View full hearing.

From Chairman Nadler’s (D-NY) and Ranking Member Doug Collins’ (R-GA) opening statements to the majority of House Judiciary Committee members present at the hearing, the import of the CASE Act was stated frequently.

Register Temple also addressed the USCO support of the CASE Act and the establishment of a small claims tribunal inside the USCO. Read Register Temple’s complete statement on the CASE Act and small claims on page 12 of her Witness Statement.

“It has been said that having a right without a remedy is really no right at all.” – United States Copyright Register Karyn Temple during testimony to House Judiciary Committee

In addition, another key aspect is the modernization of the recordation system. While the current recordation system is paper-based, the USCO is moving forward with the implementation of a digital recordation system in 2020, which will help streamline the copyright registration process for creators.

ASMP Executive Director Tom Kennedy stated that “the hearing went well with the Chairman, Ranking Member, and a number of the Committee members referencing the CASE Act in their questions and comments. This support of the CASE Act provides fuel for the grassroots campaign to push for 100 co-sponsors and garner support of the full House Judiciary Committee.”

So, we invite you to join the Blue Wave and take two minutes to send an email or tweet to thank the House Judiciary Committee co-sponsors and encourage current non-sponsor Committee members to get onboard and support the CASE Act.

Featured image of Register Karyn Temple and ASMP Executive Director Tom Kennedy © John Harrington

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