House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.) announced that he would be retiring at the end of his current term in December 2018. Below is a comment from Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) President Mitch Glazier on the announcement.
“We are such tremendous fans of Chairman Bob Goodlatte. Throughout his 25-year tenure serving the Sixth Congressional District of Virginia culminating with his leadership of the House Judiciary Committee, he has remained steadfast to his core values and love of the law. His ability to manage complex issues has made him one of the most respected Members of Congress, and we are personally grateful for all he has done to protect the rights of music creators across the country.
“While we are saddened to hear of his retirement, we also echo his sentiment that there is much work left to be done while he serves out his tenure, and we look forward to working with him and the Committee in the upcoming session on meaningful music licensing reform.”
The following is a joint statement from Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) Chairman Senator Chris Dodd and CEO Charles Rivkin on the announcement from Representative Bob Goodlatte (R-VA) that he will not seek re-election.
“Representative Goodlatte has served his country with distinction and principled leadership for 25 years. Before and during his tenure as House Judiciary Committee Chairman, Rep. Goodlatte has been a staunch defender of America’s creators and innovators. He helped steward a copyright framework that supports our nation’s thriving creative economy and the two million Americans working in jobs supported by the film and television industry.
“The MPAA looks forward to continued work with Rep. Goodlatte to advance American creativity in the 115th Congress, and we wish him luck in his future endeavors.”