NPPA Submits Comments on Copyright Office Reform

As part of a coalition of visual artists the NPPA filed comments today in response to the House Judiciary Committee’s first policy proposal from its multi-year review of the U.S. Copyright law, entitled “Reform of the U.S. Copyright Office.” Those comments consist of two parts. The first portion responds to the portions of the policy proposal pertaining to (1) The Register of Copyrights and the Copyright Office Structure; (2) Copyright Office Advisory Committees; and (3) Information Technology Upgrades. The second part of our response contains our views with respect to creation within the Copyright Office of “a small claims system consistent with the report on the issue released by the Copyright Office.” We are hopeful that these initiatives will bring about greater copyright protection for our members. The coalition is comprised of the American Photographic Artists, American Society of Media Photographers, Digital Media Licensing Association, Graphic Artists Guild, National Press Photographers Association, North American Nature Photography Association and Professional Photographers of America.