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.


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.



Talking with local songwriters at the Bluebird Café


Joining in on the Bobby Bones Show


Listening to Brooke Eden Music at the BBR Music Group


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


Roundtable discussion with leaders in the music industryInc.


Talking with officials at SESAC