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Pallante Out as Register of Copyrights

In a surprising move, Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden removed Maria Pallante from her U.S. Copyright Office post as the U.S. Register of Copyrights. Karyn Temple Claggett, who served as Associate Register of Copyrights and director of policy and international affairs for the Copyright Office, became Acting Register of Copyrights.

The Register of Copyrights is the director of the Copyright Office, a division of the Library of Congress (LC). In addition to issuing and managing copyright registrations, the Copyright Office provides critical law and policy services as well as legislative support to Congress. While the Librarian of Congress is a presidential appointment and is subject to congressional approval, the Register of Copyrights is directly appointed by the Librarian of Congress. Pallante was appointed in 2011 by previous Librarian of Congress James H. Billington.

Some industry watchers expressed their reservations. Keith Kupferschmid, CEO of the Copyright Alliance, tells Yahoo that he is “surprised and concerned by [the] news.” Billboard.com describes creative community executives and lobbyists as surprised and dismayed. One source tells Billboard, “The people in the creative community are furious about the fact that this was done. …” It also reports on the abruptness of the move, citing sources who say that Pallante had been “asked to step down” and was “locked out of the Library of Congress computer system. …”

The LC will conduct a national search for a permanent Register of Copyrights.

—George H. Pike



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