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.
Copyright Review Hearings From March 2013 to April 2015
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.