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Sen. Thom Tillis Pledges a Modernized U.S. Copyright Office
Sen. Thom Tillis (R-N.C.) writes the following for IPWatchdog.com:
Unfortunately, Congress has fallen behind in one crucial aspect of the copyright system: ensuring that the American people have a nimble, state-of-the-art, and efficient Copyright Office at their service. The Copyright Office administers the copyright law, not only registering a wealth of intellectual property but also providing the public with critical notice of ownership, licenses and assignments, date of publication, public domain status and more. But despite years of debate amongst Congress and stakeholders, the Copyright Office remains woefully underfunded and antiquated. It no longer effectively serves the needs of the United States.
[M]y Subcommittee [the Senate Committee on the Judiciary’s Subcommittee on Intellectual Property] will convene a hearing later this month to provide oversight and support of the Copyright Office … and it is my hope that our work throughout the fall will produce a bill by the end of this year that provides the Copyright Office with the appropriate structural autonomy and necessary resources it needs to support … America’s creators in the 21st century.
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