Lawmakers Unveil First of Copyright Reforms

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House lawmakers unveiled the first major proposals to follow a series of hearings and meetings on reviewing copyright law.

The proposal from House Judiciary Committee chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.) and Rep. John Conyers (D-Mich.), the ranking member, would give greater autonomy to the Copyright Office, although it will remain part of the legislative branch.

“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,” they said in a statement.

The proposal also would subject the Register of Copyrights to a nomination and consent process, with a 10-year term limit subject to renomination. They also are calling for adding staffers to the office, including a chief economist, chief technologist, and deputy register.

See more at Variety.

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