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Carrie Russell

Abstract

Legislation authored by the leaders of the House Judiciary Committee to shift the right and responsibility of appointing the Register of Copyright from the Librarian of Congress to the President (H.R. 1695) was passed by the House of Representatives in May by a vote of 378 to 48 just weeks after it was introduced. Shortly afterwards, an exact replica of H.R 1695 was introduced in the Senate (S. 1010). It was expected to fly through the Senate as well until the Senate Committee on Rules and Administration claimed jurisdiction. The Rules Committee wants to take time to look at Copyright Office modernization holistically and found no reason to immediately act on legislation that, in isolation, would do nothing to further that widely supported objective.

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