“On April 26, 2017, the House of Representatives voted 378 to 48 in favor of the Register of Copyrights Selection and Accountability Act (H.R. 1695)…The bill’s name implies that it focuses on the mundane details of copyright law, and to some extent, it does. But it also limits the position of Librarian of Congress. In particular, if it is passed by the Senate, the act will prevent Hayden from appointing the next Register of Copyrights.
Instead, the power to choose the next Register of Copyrights will fall to the executive branch. More specifically, it will rest in the hands of current President Donald Trump.”
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You can read the full article and details of the bill over at Book Riot. I’ll be honest that the way the law is currently written saddens me. US copyright laws undoubtedly need to be overhauled – they haven’t kept up with the changes of the digital era, and independent creators have fallen through the cracks – but I don’t think this act accomplishes those changes. It does, however, give more power to the office of the president.
But I’m also not a specialist in copyright law. What do you all think? Does this new bill send us down a good path, or should we encourage Congress to find another solution? Regardless, I’ll be keeping an eye on how the bill develops.