ASMP welcomes the introduction of H.R. 1695 (the Register of Copyright Selection and Accountability Act of 2017) by Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte and ranking member John Conyers, and cosponsored by 29 members. This legislation would take the critical step of requiring the Register of Copyrights to be appointed by the President and confirmed by the Senate. This proposed change in the Register selection process was previously advocated by ASMP and several of its colleagues in the visual artist community in their recent comments on the House Judiciary Committee’s proposed changes to the Copyright Office. We are buoyed by the fact that the bill is the result of a bicameral effort involving Representatives Goodlatte and Conyers and Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Charles Grassley, ranking member Dianne Feinstein and Senator Patrick Leahy.
We urge the Congress to move quickly in passing this legislation and respectfully request that the Librarian of Congress suspend her efforts to choose a new Register as Congress moves forward.