11:12 PM

AAP Welcomes House Judiciary Committee’s First Policy Proposal on Copyright Review

The Association of American Publishers is encouraged by today’s release of the House Judiciary Committee’s first policy proposal regarding the review of the Copyright Act. AAP and its members believe that modernizing the Copyright Office is an optimal place to begin acting on the record of the review process of the past three years. We firmly support making the Register of Copyrights a presidential appointee subject to Senate confirmation and a statutory term, as well as increasing the autonomy of the Copyright Office regarding its budget and IT systems. AAP also supports the implementation of a small claims system to process low value infringement cases, as long as it is furnished with the appropriate safeguards to deter frivolous claims.

AAP is also glad to see that the House Judiciary Committee’s first proposal generally parallels the Draft Principles for Copyright Office Structural Improvements and Modernization Legislation that were circulated last summer by senior staff of the Senate Judiciary Committee. A shared bicameral approach suggests a promising path for future legislative action to make the Copyright Office a 21st century agency.

We thank Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.) and Ranking Member John Conyers, Jr. (D-Mich.) for their hard work on these important issues, and look forward to participating in the comments process and the advancement of the coming proposals.