The Next Great Copyright Office

Joshua L. Simmons

©2015. Published in Landslide, Vol. 7, No. 6, July/August 2015, by the American Bar Association. Reproduced with permission. All rights reserved. This information or any portion thereof may not be copied or disseminated in any form or by any means or stored in an electronic database or retrieval system without the express written consent of the American Bar Association or the copyright holder.

Just over two years ago, Register of Copyrights Maria Pallante issued a call to the copyright community for a general revision of the Copyright Act.1 The U.S. House of Representatives Committee on the Judiciary has answered Register Pallante by holding 20 hearings with 100 witnesses to review the state of U.S. copyright law.2 While those hearings resulted in testimony from a broad spectrum of the copyright community on a wide variety of issues,3 the conversation appears to have shifted from a general revision to more targeted updates. In particular, all members of the copyright community—whether authors or users, companies or individuals, or the media or computer industries—seem to agree that it is time to modernize the U.S. Copyright Office (Office).

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