Modernize the Copyright Office

There is one issue in the ongoing copyright review process everyone should agree on: step one in any review of the Act needs to focus on modernizing the Copyright Office itself.  Register of Copyrights Maria Pallante has repeatedly called for support in bringing the Office into the 21st Century, and Congress seems to agree it's an issue worth taking up.  With simultaneous hearings on the functions and resources of the Copyright Office occurring on Thursday in the House Judiciary Committee and the House Appropriations Legislative Branch Subcommittee, agreement to modernize the Copyright Office could also bring momentum to more easily address targeted changes Congress has been examining over nearly two years of hearings on copyright law and policy.

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