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H.R. 1695 National Library Legislative Day
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This was originally going to be a brief post noting that I’m attending National Library Legislative Day next week from Monday, May 1 to Tuesday, May 2, and that H.R. 1695, the Register of Copyrights Selection and Accountability Act of 2017 (which I wrote about here and here) was included in our issue briefs. Unfortunately, word came down yesterday that the bill has already passed by a vote of 378 to 48, with 4 members abstaining. Although this is a disappointing outcome, there are a few silver linings:

·         The bill will now move to the Senate, where we again be able to urge our representatives not to pass it.

·         My representative, John Sarbanes, was one of the 48 people who voted against it, so there are still a few people in the House who recognize that the supposed conflict of interest between libraries and copyright is a myth!

·         Selfishly, this give me an extended opportunity to refine my arguments against this specific proposal and the larger trend it represents. You, dear reader, will either benefit or suffer from this in the form of additional blog posts!

 

For more information, check out Joe Mullin’s article in Ars Technica, and be sure to follow the link to the dissent written by Zoe Lofgren, the only member of the House Judiciary Committee to oppose moving the bill forward to a floor vote.

 

Copyright is still on the NLLD agenda in the form of modernization of the Copyright Office, ratification of the Marrakesh Treaty, and H.R. 905 the You Own Devices Act, so I’ll be back next week with a full report on my two days in DC!



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