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Busting Myths Surrounding H.R. 1695

Cross-posted from copyrightalliance.org

[by Terrica Carrington]

The Register of Copyrights Selection and Accountability Act was introduced in the House on March 23, by House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-VA) and Ranking Member John Conyers (D-MI), with the bipartisan support of 29 co-sponsors, in addition to statements of support from Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-IA), Ranking Member Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), and Senate Judiciary Committee Member Patrick Leahy (D-VT).

The bill enjoys widespread support and little opposition because of the narrow and modest approach taken by the bill and the tremendous support for a more transparent process for selecting the next Register of Copyrights. Since so many groups either support or do not oppose the bill, the few groups and individuals that oppose the bill have taken desperate measures to try and slow the bill’s momentum by spreading falsehoods and hyperbole about the bill. This document is intended to clear things up.

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