The following is a statement from Joanna McIntosh, executive vice president for Global Policy & External Affairs of the Motion Picture Association of America, Inc., on the first policy proposal of the copyright review from House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.) and Ranking Member John Conyers, Jr. (D-Mich.).
“The MPAA welcomes House Judiciary Chairman Goodlatte and Ranking Member Conyers’ proposal on Copyright Office modernization, which builds on important work by Representatives Issa, Nadler, Marino, Chu, Comstock, Deutch, and Chaffetz. Copyright Office modernization was identified as a critical issue in the House Judiciary Committee’s thorough copyright review, even before the recent events surrounding the Register. Modernization enjoys bipartisan, bicameral support, as evidenced by a similar proposal circulated by Senate Judiciary Chairman Grassley and Ranking Member Leahy.
“A vibrant, modern copyright system depends on a vibrant, modern Copyright Office. The current structure dates back to the 19th century and, as many members of Congress as well as past Registers have stated, in the 21st century the Copyright Office needs policy and operational autonomy to meet its statutory obligations to Congress and the public.”