Today, Congressman Jerrold Nadler(D-NY), senior member of the House Judiciary Committee and Ranking Member of the Subcommittee on Courts, Intellectual Property, and the Internet, released the following statement praising the U.S. House of Representatives passage of the bipartisan Register of Copyrights Selection and Accountability Act (H.R. 1695), which passed 378-48.
“I am pleased by the very strong vote in favor of the Register of Copyrights Selection and Accountability Act,” said Congressman Nadler. “This legislation will strengthen the Copyright Office, and make it more accountable to Congress, by turning the Register of Copyrights into a Senate-confirmed position. It is appropriate that we passed it on World IP Day, when we recognize the tremendous contribution that intellectual property laws—including copyright—make to our economy and to our creativity. This bill is the first step towards modernizing the Office for the 21st Century and providing it with the flexibility and the independence it needs to serve all members of the copyright community effectively. I appreciate the leadership of Chairman Goodlatte and Ranking Member Conyers in introducing this bipartisan legislation, and I hope the Senate will pass it soon.”