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Library Copyright Alliance Condemns Bill on Register of Copyrights

ACRL Insider published an article on the new legislation introduced by the House of Representatives’ Committee on the Judiciary. This bill, the Register of Copyrights Selection and Accountability Act of 2017, “would make the position of the Register of Copyrights subject to Presidential appointment and Senate confirmation” instead of appointment by the Librarian of Congress. The Library Copyright Alliance—composed of the American Library Association, ACRL, and the Association of Research Libraries—calls the act “mystifying.” Its statement continues, in part:

Why Congress would voluntarily cede its own confirmed Librarian’s authority to select and oversee a key Congressional advisor on copyright matters to the Executive Branch is hard to imagine.

It’s also difficult to understand how the public or Congress itself would benefit from politicization of the Register of Copyrights’ position by making it subject to presidential appointment and Senate confirmation, as this legislation proposes. Such politicization of the position necessarily would result in a Register more actively engaged in policy development than in competent management and modernization.

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