NPPA Commends Proposal for Reform of the U.S. Copyright Office

Ranking member of the House Judiciary Committee, John Conyers, Jr. happily shows off the press release of their announced proposals to reform the U.S. Copyright Office in his office as he is photographed by members of the visual arts group. Photo by Mickey Osterreicher

WASHINGTON, DC – The National Press Photographers Association (NPPA) commends House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.) and Ranking Member John Conyers, Jr. (D-Mich.) on their announced proposal for reform of the U.S. Copyright Office.

Citing the fact that the “20th Century statutory framework for the U.S. Copyright Office is not sufficient to meet the needs of a modern 21st Century copyright system” the Judiciary Committee announced its intention to address a number of issues including: the position of the “Register of Copyrights” as well as the structure of the Copyright Office itself; the formation of “Copyright Office Advisory Committees;” the implementation of “Information Technology Upgrades;” and the establishment of “a small claims system consistent with the report issued by the Copyright Office" in 2013 which has been a significant initiative supported by the NPPA along with other visual arts groups in a White Paper.

According to the committee, “this first proposal identifies important reforms to help ensure the Copyright Office keeps pace in the digital age.” The committee is requesting written comments from interested stakeholders by January 31, 2017, which will be shared with committee members and then made publicly available after the close of the comment period. The NPPA looks forward to submitting comments on these very important proposals and continue its close work with and support of legislators in achieving its crucial reform of the copyright system.