ASMP is pleased to report that, yesterday, the House Judiciary Committee approved by a vote of 27-1 HR 1695, the Register of Copyright Selection and Accountability Act of 2017, introduced by House Judiciary Committee Chairman, Bob Goodlatte, and Ranking Member, John Conyers. HR 1695 would require the Register of Copyrights to be appointed by the President and confirmed by the Senate. If enacted, it would be an important step in providing much-needed autonomy to the United States Copyright Office.
More specifically, as approved by the Committee, the bill establishes a panel composed of Senate and House Leadership, as well as the Librarian of Congress, that will submit a list of three names to the President for his or her consideration. The President would then choose his nominee from that list and submit that individual’s name to Senate. If confirmed by the Senate, the new Register would serve a 10-year term that is renewable.
We will keep you posted both with the respect to the progress of HR 1695 in the House of Representatives and any new developments regarding the introduction of a companion bill in the Senate.