Library Copyright Alliance Continues Opposition to Register of Copyrights Bill

Library Copyright Alliance LogoThe Library Copyright Alliance (LCA, whose members are the American Library Association, Association of Research Libraries, and Association of College and Research Libraries) continues to oppose legislation that would make the position of the Register of Copyrights subject to Presidential appointment and Senate confirmation. Under current law (17 USC 701), the Librarian of Congress selects the Register. When the bill was first introduced on March 23, 2017, LCA issued a statement opposing it.

Now this legislation has advanced; on April 26, 2017, the House of Representatives adopted the “Register of Copyrights Selection and Accountability Act of 2017” (H.R. 1695). In response, LCA released the following statement:

The Library Copyright Alliance is disappointed that the House today passed H.R. 1695, the Register of Copyrights Selection and Accountability Act. We continue to believe that the bill will delay critically needed modernization of the Copyright Office and make the Register of Copyrights less accountable to Congress and the public, contrary to the stated intent of the bill made plain in its title. We look forward to working with the Senate on this legislation.

In addition to the LCA statement, the American Library Association (ALA) released a statement by ALA President-Elect James Neal urging the Senate to reject this bill.