[UPDATED] HR 1695, the Register of Copyrights Selection and Accountability Act, has passed the U.S. House of Representatives on a roll call vote with 378 for and 48 against. Little opposition is expected in the Republican controlled Senate and President Trump is expected to sign the law.
The Register of Copyrights Selection and Accountability Act reframes the Office of Copyrights as an independent agency. Currently it resides under and its direct is chosen by the Library Of Congress.
"At a time when creators constantly must defend their rights, it is critical that the register of copyrights is chosen carefully and vetted properly,” National Music Publishers Assn. President and CEO David Israelite said in a statement if support following the vote. “Copyright touches every industry and every person, and this bill is a good step towards ensuring the person advising Congress and helping determine policy for songwriters, artists and all creators is the best person for the job.”
“The nation’s foremost copyright expert just moved a step closer from ‘government employee’ to ‘Presidential appointee with Senate confirmation.’ This important development in updating copyright laws illustrates Congress’ renewed priority of the issue. The Recording Academy thanks Chairman Goodlatte and Ranking Member Conyers for their commitment to creators and looks forward to continued progress on copyright,” said Daryl Friedman, Chief Industry, Government & Member Relations Officer of The Recording Academy.