Washington, D.C. – On Thursday, February 26, 2015 at 1:30 p.m., the House Judiciary Committee will hold a hearing on the resources and functions of the Copyright Office.  Currently, the Copyright Office is located within the Library of Congress and the Register of Copyrights reports to the Librarian of Congress.  This hearing, which is part of the House Judiciary Committee’s ongoing review of U.S. copyright law, will also examine the merits of this dependent structure.
 
Witnesses for Thursday’s hearing are below.
·         Mr. Keith Kupferschmid, General Counsel, Software & Information Industry Association
·         Ms. Lisa Dunner, Partner, Dunner Law PLLC, on behalf of the American Bar Association
·         Ms. Nancy Mertzel, Partner, Schoeman Updike Kaufman & Stern LLP, on behalf of the American Intellectual Property Law Association
·         Mr. Bob Brauneis, Professor, George Washington University Law School  
 
House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.) issued the statement below on this hearing:
 
“The House Judiciary Committee will continue our comprehensive copyright review by examining the function of the Copyright Office. The Copyright Office is uniquely positioned within the Library of Congress which can present its own set of challenges regarding resource allocation and even constitutional questions. Our hearing will look at how these challenges ultimately affect the Copyright Office’s ability to carry out its core mission of registering and recording U.S. copyrights.”
 
This hearing will take place in 2141 Rayburn House Office Building and will be webcast live at judiciary.house.gov.  Camera crews wishing to cover must be congressionally-credentialed and RSVP with the House Radio-TV Gallery at (202) 225-5214.