On April 24, 2013, in a speech before the World Intellectual Property Day celebration at the Library of Congress, Chairman Bob Goodlatte announced that the House Judiciary Committee would conduct a comprehensive review of U.S. copyright law.
The goal of the Committee’s review has been to determine whether the copyright laws are still working in the digital age to reward creativity and innovation.
Since the bipartisan review began, the House Judiciary Committee has held 20 hearings with 100 witnesses.
On December 8, 2016, Chairman Goodlatte and Ranking Member Conyers released the first policy proposal to come out of the Committee’s review of U.S. Copyright law.
To view the submissions during the public comments period, click here.
|March 20, 2013||The Register’s Call for Updates to U.S. Copyright Law|
|May 16, 2013||A Case Study for Consensus Building: The Copyright Principles Project|
|July 25, 2013||Innovation in America: The Role of Copyrights|
|August 1, 2013||Innovation in America: The Role of Copyrights|
|September 18, 2013||The Role of Voluntary Agreements in the U.S. Intellectual Property System|
|November 19, 2013||The Rise of Innovative Business Models: Content Delivery Methods in the Digital Age|
|January 14, 2014||The Scope of Copyright Protection|
|January 28, 2014||The Scope of Fair Use|
|March 13, 2014||Section 512 of Title 17|
|April 2, 2014||Preservation and Reuse of Copyrighted Works|
|May 8, 2014||Compulsory Video Licenses of Title 17|
|June 2, 2014||First Sale Under Title 17|
|June 10, 2014||Music Licensing Under Title 17 Part One|
|June 25, 2014||Music Licensing Under Title 17 Part Two|
|July 15, 2014||Moral Rights, Termination Rights, Resale Royalty, and Copyright Term|
|July 24, 2014||Copyright Remedies|
|September 17, 2014||Chapter 12 of Title 17|
|November 19, 2014||Copyright Issues in Education and for the Visually Impaired|
|February 26, 2015||The U.S. Copyright Office: Its Functions and Resources|
|April 29, 2015||The Register’s Perspective on Copyright Review|
Following these hearings, Chairman Goodlatte and Ranking Member Conyers invited all prior witnesses of the Committee’s copyright review hearings and other interested parties to meet directly with Committee staff to provide additional input on these policy issues.
While those meetings are ongoing, the House Judiciary Committee is conducting a listening tour, traveling to a few locations across America to hear directly from creators and innovators about the challenges they face in their creative field and what changes are needed to ensure U.S. copyright law keeps pace with technological advances.
Talking with local songwriters at the Bluebird Café
Joining in on the Bobby Bones Show
Listening to Brooke Eden Music at the BBR Music Group
A look at all the talent at the Country Music Hall of Fame
Roundtable discussion with leaders in the music industryInc.
Talking with officials at SESAC
Washington, D.C. – Today House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.) and Ranking Member John Conyers, Jr. (D-Mich.) released the first policy proposal to come out of the Committee’s review of U.S. Copyright law. This first proposal identifies important reforms to help ensure the Copyright Office keeps pace in the digital age. With the release of this document, the Committee requests written comments from interested stakeholders by January 31, 2017. These comments will be shared with members of the House Judiciary Committee as they come in and the Committee intends to make comments publicly available after the comment period closes.
Chairman Goodlatte and Ranking Member Conyers released the following statement via video:
“We would like to take a few minutes to share with you our plan for the next stage of the House Judiciary Committee’s review of our nation’s copyright laws. For years now, we have deliberately listened – through hearings, listening sessions, and site visits – to the views and concerns of stakeholders from all sides of the copyright debate.
“Now, it is time to move forward into the next stage. We intend to periodically release policy proposals on select, individual issue areas within the larger copyright system that are in need of reform where there is a potential for consensus. These policy proposals are not meant to be the final word on reform in these individual issue areas, but rather a starting point for further discussion by all stakeholders, with the goal of producing legislative text within each issue area.
“Today, we are releasing our first policy proposal, which identifies reforms to modernize the Copyright Office so that it can meet the challenges of the 21st Century. Among the reforms in this document are granting the Copyright Office autonomy with respect to the Library of Congress, requiring the Copyright Office to maintain an up-to-date digital, searchable database of all copyrighted works and associated copyright ownership information, and many others reforms.
“Nothing should be read into the fact that we are only releasing a policy proposal on one topic today. This is just the beginning of this stage of the copyright review, and we intend to release policy proposals on music licensing issues and other individual issue areas in time.
“But this is not a one way street. We need your help to turn these policy proposals into legislation. It is only through the input of all interested parties that agreements can be successfully achieved.
“Thank you to everyone who has participated in the copyright review, and we look forward to continuing to work with you to improve our nation’s copyright system.”
ACT | The App Association
American Association of Law Libraries
American Conservative Union
American Intellectual Property Law Association
ASCAP and BMI
Association of American Publishers
Americans for Tax Reform
American Enterprise Institute
Artists Rights Society
Author Services Inc and Galaxy Press Inc
BSA | The Software Alliance
Center for Individual Freedom
Center for the Economics of the Internet at the Hudson Institute
Coalition of Visual Artists
Competitive Carriers Association
Computer & Communications Industry Association
Consumer Technology Association
Copyright Clearance Center
Council for Citizens Against Government Waste
Digital Media Association
Directors Guild of America
Electronic Frontier Foundation
Entertainment Software Association
European Visual Artists
Free State Foundation
FreedomWorks and R Street Institute
Frontiers of Freedom
Independent Film and Television Alliance
Independent Women’s Forum
Information Technology and Innovation Foundation
Intellectual Property Owners Association
International Center for Law and Economics
Kernochan Center for Law, Media and the Arts at Columbia Law School
Library Copyright Alliance
Motion Picture Association of America
Music Creators North America
Music Community Organizations
Nashville Songwriters Association International
National Association of Broadcasters
National Writers Union
New York Intellectual Property Law Association
News Media Alliance
Office of the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff
Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America
Songwriters Guild of America
Taxpayers Protection Alliance
US Chamber of Commerce
Virginia Steel – UCLA Librarian
Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts
Washington, D.C. — House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.) and Ranking Member John Conyers, Jr. (D-Mich.) today introduced the Register of Copyrights Selection and Accountability Act, which is the product of months of bicameral, bipartisan discussions led by Chairman Goodlatte, Ranking Member Conyers, Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), Ranking Member Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), and Senate Judiciary Committee Member Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.).
The Register of Copyrights Selection and Accountability Act makes important changes to the selection process for the head of the U.S. Copyright Office, known as the Register of Copyrights. Specifically, the legislation requires the Register to be nominated by the President of the United States and subject to confirmation by the U.S. Senate. It would also limit the Register to a ten year term which is renewable by another Presidential nomination and Senate confirmation.
Chairman Goodlatte, Ranking Member Conyers, Chairman Grassley, Ranking Member Feinstein, and Senator Leahy released the following joint statement upon introduction of the Register of Copyrights Selection and Accountability Act.
“We are pleased to join together in a bipartisan, bicameral effort to make important and necessary improvements to the selection process for the position of Register of Copyrights. We remain absolutely committed to working on modernizing the Copyright Office. Reforms being considered include public advisory committees, improvements to Copyright Office systems for data inputs and outputs, and copyright ownership transparency. However, time is of the essence when it comes to the selection process for a new Register of Copyrights.
“America’s creativity is the envy of the world and the Copyright Office is at the center of it. With the current Register serving only on an acting basis, now is the time to make changes to ensure that future Registers are transparent and accountable to Congress. We must ensure that any new Register is a good manager and fully qualified to lead and make this office more operationally effective as he or she continues to directly advise Congress on copyrights. The next Register of Copyrights should be dedicated to serving all stakeholders in the copyright ecosystem.”
The Register of Copyrights Selection and Accountability Act was introduced with twenty-nine bipartisan cosponsors.
Several years ago, the House Judiciary Committee began a comprehensive review of our nation’s copyright laws. We held dozens of hearings, heard from over a hundred witnesses, and traveled to multiple cities across the country to hear directly from stakeholders who use these laws. During the course of this review, we learned that our music licensing laws were no longer working as intended for songwriters, artists and creators, or for the companies that deliver the music in innovative ways for consumers. The Music Modernization Act, a product of the House Judiciary Committee’s comprehensive copyright review, is a bipartisan bill that updates several key provisions of U.S. copyright law regarding music licensing.