SoundExchange Statement on Register of Copyright and Copyright Reform

SoundExchange Statement on Register of Copyright and Copyright Reform

After years of lengthy review (first begun in 2013) and months of bipartisan discussions, House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.) and Ranking Member John Conyers (D-Mich.) introduced The Register of Copyrights Selection and Accountability Act yesterday. The legislation proposes changes to the selection of the Register of Copyrights (the person who leads the U.S. Copyright  Office) among other changes related to the Register and the U.S. Copyright Office.

“We applaud Chairman Goodlatte and Ranking Member Conyers and the leadership of the Senate Judiciary Committee for moving forward on this critical first step in modernizing the United States Copyright Office. We share their belief that our nation is best served by having a Register of Copyrights selected with the input of elected officials, through Senate confirmation of a Presidential nominee. This time of transition in the Copyright Office is ideal for implementing such a change, and once enacted, we look forward to working with the Committee on further efforts to modernize the Office’s operations” said SoundExchange President and CEO Michael Huppe.

For the full press release from Chairman Goodlatte and Ranking Member Conyers, click here.