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House Overwhelmingly Passes Bipartisan Legislation on Selection Process for Copyright Register

Washington, D.C. — The House of Representatives today approved by a vote of 378-48 the Register of Copyrights Selection and Accountability Act (H.R. 1695).  This bipartisan bill – introduced by House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.) and Ranking Member John Conyers, Jr. (D-Mich.) — makes important changes to the selection process for the head of the U.S. Copyright Office, known as the Register of Copyrights. ~ House Judiciary Committee press release, April 27, 2018

Pay attention, though. H.R. 1695 now moves to the Senate!

Stay tuned for more alerts as H.R. 1695 moves to the Senate. Be forewarned that it only takes one Senator to put a hold on the bill, so your continued support will be essential to protect our basic rights.

"It is heartening to see the majority of the House continues to respect the rights of authors. The opposing votes to the House bill were proponents of the copy-left. We should expect continued opposition in the Senate.

Next Steps
The House bill will be automatically sent to the Senate where most likely it will be referred to the Judiciary Committee for action. It is also possible for the bill to be held at the desk in the Senate and then passed on unanimous consent without referral to committee. But since some opposition seems likely it may not pass smoothly or it could be killed by inaction." ~ via the Illustrators' Partnership of America email alert

Read the full House Judiciary Committee press release, April 27, 2018.