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.

On December 8, 2016, Chairman Goodlatte and Ranking Member Conyers released the first policy proposal to come out of the Committee’s review of U.S. Copyright law.

To view the submissions during the public comments period, click here.

COPYRIGHT REVIEW HEARINGS

March 20, 2013 The Register’s Call for Updates to U.S. Copyright Law
May 16, 2013 A Case Study for Consensus Building: The Copyright Principles Project
July 25, 2013 Innovation in America: The Role of Copyrights
August 1, 2013 Innovation in America: The Role of Copyrights
September 18, 2013 The Role of Voluntary Agreements in the U.S. Intellectual Property System
November 19, 2013 The Rise of Innovative Business Models: Content Delivery Methods in the Digital Age
January 14, 2014 The Scope of Copyright Protection
January 28, 2014 The Scope of Fair Use
March 13, 2014 Section 512 of Title 17
April 2, 2014 Preservation and Reuse of Copyrighted Works
May 8, 2014 Compulsory Video Licenses of Title 17
June 2, 2014 First Sale Under Title 17
June 10, 2014 Music Licensing Under Title 17 Part One
June 25, 2014 Music Licensing Under Title 17 Part Two
July 15, 2014 Moral Rights, Termination Rights, Resale Royalty, and Copyright Term
July 24, 2014 Copyright Remedies
September 17, 2014 Chapter 12 of Title 17
November 19, 2014 Copyright Issues in Education and for the Visually Impaired
February 26, 2015 The U.S. Copyright Office: Its Functions and Resources
April 29, 2015 The Register’s Perspective on Copyright Review

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.

COPYRIGHT REVIEW LISTENING TOUR STOP: NASHVILLE

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Talking with local songwriters at the Bluebird Café

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Joining in on the Bobby Bones Show

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Listening to Brooke Eden Music at the BBR Music Group

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A look at all the talent at the Country Music Hall of Fame

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Roundtable discussion with leaders in the music industryInc.

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Talking with officials at SESAC

Proposal on Copyright Office Reform

Washington, D.C. – Today House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.) and Ranking Member John Conyers, Jr. (D-Mich.) released the first policy proposal to come out of the Committee’s review of U.S. Copyright law.  This first proposal identifies important reforms to help ensure the Copyright Office keeps pace in the digital age.  With the release of this document, the Committee requests written comments from interested stakeholders by January 31, 2017.  These comments will be shared with members of the House Judiciary Committee as they come in and the Committee intends to make comments publicly available after the comment period closes.

Chairman Goodlatte and Ranking Member Conyers released the following statement via video:

“We would like to take a few minutes to share with you our plan for the next stage of the House Judiciary Committee’s review of our nation’s copyright laws. For years now, we have deliberately listened – through hearings, listening sessions, and site visits – to the views and concerns of stakeholders from all sides of the copyright debate.

“Now, it is time to move forward into the next stage.  We intend to periodically release policy proposals on select, individual issue areas within the larger copyright system that are in need of reform where there is a potential for consensus.  These policy proposals are not meant to be the final word on reform in these individual issue areas, but rather a starting point for further discussion by all stakeholders, with the goal of producing legislative text within each issue area.

“Today, we are releasing our first policy proposal, which identifies reforms to modernize the Copyright Office so that it can meet the challenges of the 21st Century.  Among the reforms in this document are granting the Copyright Office autonomy with respect to the Library of Congress, requiring the Copyright Office to maintain an up-to-date digital, searchable database of all copyrighted works and associated copyright ownership information, and many others reforms. 

“Nothing should be read into the fact that we are only releasing a policy proposal on one topic today. This is just the beginning of this stage of the copyright review, and we intend to release policy proposals on music licensing issues and other individual issue areas in time.

“But this is not a one way street.  We need your help to turn these policy proposals into legislation.  It is only through the input of all interested parties that agreements can be successfully achieved.  

“Thank you to everyone who has participated in the copyright review, and we look forward to continuing to work with you to improve our nation’s copyright system.”

Policy Proposal Comments

ACT | The App Association
American Association of Law Libraries
American Conservative Union
American Intellectual Property Law Association
ASCAP and BMI
Association of American Publishers
Americans for Tax Reform
American Enterprise Institute
Artists Rights Society
Authors Alliance
Authors Guild
Author Services Inc and Galaxy Press Inc
BSA | The Software Alliance
Center for Individual Freedom
Center for the Economics of the Internet at the Hudson Institute
Coalition of Visual Artists
Competitive Carriers Association
Computer & Communications Industry Association
Consumer Technology Association
Copyright Alliance
Copyright Clearance Center
Council for Citizens Against Government Waste
CreativeFuture
Digital Media Association
Discovery Institute
Directors Guild of America
Electronic Frontier Foundation
Entertainment Software Association
European Visual Artists
Free State Foundation
FreedomWorks and R Street Institute
Frontiers of Freedom
Hayley Kelsey
iHeartMedia
Independent Film and Television Alliance
Independent Women’s Forum
Information Technology and Innovation Foundation
Intellectual Property Owners Association
International Center for Law and Economics
Internet Archive
Internet Association
IPI
IP Scholars
Kernochan Center for Law, Media and the Arts at Columbia Law School
Library Copyright Alliance
MIC Coalition
Microsoft Corporation
Motion Picture Association of America
Music Creators North America
Music Community Organizations
Musicians Action
Nashville Songwriters Association International
National Association of Broadcasters
National Writers Union
New York Intellectual Property Law Association
News Media Alliance
Niskanen Center
Office of the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff
Oracle
Pandora Media
Public Knowledge
Recording Academy
Re:Create
SAG-AFTRA
Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America
SESAC
SIIA
Songwriters Guild of America
SoundExchange
Taxpayers Protection Alliance
Topazius Music
US Chamber of Commerce
Virginia Steel – UCLA Librarian
Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts

Chairman Bob Goodlatte and Ranking Member John Conyers, Jr. Introduce H.R. 1695, the Register of Copyrights Selection and Accountability Act

Washington, D.C. — House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.) and Ranking Member John Conyers, Jr. (D-Mich.) today introduced the Register of Copyrights Selection and Accountability Act, which is the product of months of bicameral, bipartisan discussions led by Chairman Goodlatte, Ranking Member Conyers, Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), Ranking Member Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), and Senate Judiciary Committee Member Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.).

The Register of Copyrights Selection and Accountability Act makes important changes to the selection process for the head of the U.S. Copyright Office, known as the Register of Copyrights.  Specifically, the legislation requires the Register to be nominated by the President of the United States and subject to confirmation by the U.S. Senate.  It would also limit the Register to a ten year term which is renewable by another Presidential nomination and Senate confirmation.  

Chairman Goodlatte, Ranking Member Conyers, Chairman Grassley, Ranking Member Feinstein, and Senator Leahy released the following joint statement upon introduction of the Register of Copyrights Selection and Accountability Act.

“We are pleased to join together in a bipartisan, bicameral effort to make important and necessary improvements to the selection process for the position of Register of Copyrights. We remain absolutely committed to working on modernizing the Copyright Office. Reforms being considered include public advisory committees, improvements to Copyright Office systems for data inputs and outputs, and copyright ownership transparency.  However, time is of the essence when it comes to the selection process for a new Register of Copyrights.

“America’s creativity is the envy of the world and the Copyright Office is at the center of it.  With the current Register serving only on an acting basis, now is the time to make changes to ensure that future Registers are transparent and accountable to Congress.  We must ensure that any new Register is a good manager and fully qualified to lead and make this office more operationally effective as he or she continues to directly advise Congress on copyrights. The next Register of Copyrights should be dedicated to serving all stakeholders in the copyright ecosystem.”  

The Register of Copyrights Selection and Accountability Act was introduced with twenty-nine bipartisan cosponsors.

Supporters of H.R. 1695

21st Century Fox
Administrators of Gospel Music
Adobe Systems
American Association of Independent Music
American Black Film Festival
American Chemical Society
American Conservative Union
American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO)
American Federation of Musicians
American Intellectual Property Law Association (AIPLA)
American Photographic Artists
American Society of Media Photographers
Americans for Tax Reform
Artist Rights Society
Association of American Publishers (AAP)
Association of Independent Music Publishers
Association of Magazine Media
Authors Guild
Broadcast Music, Inc.
Center for Individual Freedom
Christian Music Trade Association
Church Music Publishers Association
Consumer Alliance for a Strong Economy
Content Creators Coalition
Copyright Alliance
Copyright Clearance Center
Council for Citizens Against Government Waste
CreativeFuture
Digital Media Licensing Association
Directors Guild of America (DGA)
Free State Foundation
Frontiers of Freedom
Future of Music Coalition
Getty Images
Global Music Rights
Gospel Music Association
Graphic Artists Guild
Heritage Foundation Scholars
Hispanic Technology & Telecommunications Partnership
Independent Film & Television Alliance (IFTA)
Independent Women’s Forum
Information Technology & Innovation Foundation (ITIF)
Intellectual Property Owners Association (IPO)
International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees (IATSE)
International Center for Law & Economics
MANA
Marybeth Peters, Former Register of Copyrights, 1994-2010
Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA)
Nashville Songwriters Association International
National Association of Broadcasters (NAB)
National Music Publishers’ Association (NMPA)
National Press Photographers Association
NBCUniversal
News Corp
News Media Alliance
North American Nature Photography Association
Oracle
Pearson
PLUS Coalition
Professional Photographers of America
Property Rights Alliance
Ralph Oman, Former Register of Copyrights, 1985-1993
Recording Academy
Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA)
RELX Group
Screen Actors Guild and the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists
SESAC
Software and Information Industry Association (SIIA)
Sony Music Entertainment
SoundExchange
Taxpayers Protection Alliance
Third Way
Universal Music Group
US Chamber of Commerce
Viacom
Walt Disney Company
Warner Bros.
Warner Music Group