Press Release

Publishers Commend House of Representatives in Landmark Step for U.S. Copyright System

The Association of American Publishers (AAP) commends the strong leadership of House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-VA) and Ranking Member John Conyers (D-MI) who together led four years of hearings and debate about the U.S. Copyright Act and Copyright Office, culminating this afternoon in a 378-48 vote that sends H.R. 1695 to the U.S. Senate. AAP also appreciates the thoughtful work of Representatives Sheila Jackson-Lee (D-TX), Ted Deutch (D-FL), and Judy Chu (D-CA) who contributed constructive amendments during the debate on the House floor.

The “Register of Copyrights Selection and Accountability Act” recognizes the complex and critical portfolio of the head of the U.S. Copyright Office, and ensures that future Registers would have both the clear authority and appropriate accountability to perform the duties of the office. AAP supports the hundreds of lawmakers who today stated unequivocally that the Register should be appointed by the President of the United States and confirmed by the U.S. Senate, and we agree with enactment of a ten year term that is common place in the legislative branch and especially important for a legal expert who by statute provides impartial, nuanced advice to Congress.

AAP is the leading trade association of some 400 book and journal publishers in the United States.

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