House Passes Register Of Copyrights Bill

A bill to make the Register of Copyrights a presidential appointee subject to congressional approval, rather than a selection of the Librarian of Congress, has passed the House. The next stop for this reform effort will be the Senate, where thus far legislation to accomplish that end has not been approved.

NAB Among Groups Supporting Copyright Bill

A bill introduced in Congress Thursday that would give Donald Trump and all future presidents the authority to appoint the head of the U.S. Copyright Office has received the endorsement of the Directors Guild of America and Motion Picture Association of America as well as the NAB, whose CEO Gordon Smith said: “As representatives of both significant owners and users of copyrighted material, NAB supports passage of this bill and will continue to work with lawmakers on broader efforts to modernize the copyright office.”