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Publishers Applaud Circulation of the Copyright Office for the Digital Economy (CODE) Act Discussion Draft

Washington, DC; June 4, 2015 — The Association of American Publishers (AAP) applauds Congresswoman Judy Chu (D-CA) and Congressman Tom Marino (R-PA) for their circulation today of the Copyright Office for the Digital Economy (CODE) Act discussion draft. This draft takes the critical first step towards crafting legislation to equip the Copyright Office with the tools and authority necessary to realize the full potential of copyright and creativity in the digital age.

On preliminary review, the draft appears to reflect many of the Register of Copyrights’ suggestions, which AAP and a wide variety of stakeholders generally support. We thank Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-VA) for recognizing the importance of this issue through hearings held as part of the House Judiciary Committee’s copyright review, and look forward to working with members of the Judiciary Committee to develop this draft into consensus legislation.

For more on AAP’s recommendations for modernizing the U.S. Copyright Office, see our public statement submitted to the House Judiciary Committee for its hearing on The U.S. Copyright Office: Its Functions and Resources.

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