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Open Letter to Senators Cardin and Van Hollen
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As promised in my last post, here’s the letter I sent to my two senators about S. 1010 - the Register of Copyrights Selection and Accountability Act of 2017!

 

July 7, 2017

 

Dear Senator Cardin/Van Hollen,

 

I am writing to ask you to oppose S. 1010 - the Register of Copyrights Selection and Accountability Act of 2017, which was introduced in the Senate on May 2 and referred to the Committee on Rules and Administration that same day. The Library Copyright Alliance, a group of national library organizations collectively representing more than 120,000 libraries in the United States, issued the following statement in opposition to this bill when it was introduced in the House of Representatives as H.R. 1695: http://www.districtdispatch.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/FINAL-DRAFT-LCA-Statement-re-Register-Appointment-Bill-032317PM.pdf. As the LCA notes, politicizing the process of appointing the Register will delay their installation, a concern which should be especially salient now, given the current administration’s historically slow rate of filling Senate-confirmable vacancies (reference: https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/the-fix/wp/2017/06/27/the-appointee-situation-at-the-state-department-is-bad-these-other-agencies-might-have-it-worse/?utm_term=.37355eba755b). More importantly, as Representative Zoe Lofgren noted in a written dissent when the bill passed out of the House Judiciary Committee, “public and content creators do not benefit from making the Register appointed by the President, and they do not benefit from making the Copyright Office a separate Executive Branch agency, which is the real goal of this legislation, as backed-up by the statements of many of my Committee colleagues” (reference: https://lofgren.house.gov/uploadedfiles/dissenting_views_markup_03-29-17_copyright_bill_final.pdf).

 

In sort, this bill is unnecessary at best, and will set the important cause of modernizing the Copyright Office back years at worst. Should it come up for a vote, I urge you to vote “no.” Thank you for your consideration!

 

Sincerely,

Andy Horbal

Head of Learning Commons

University of Maryland Libraries


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