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How the Battle Over Control of the U.S. Copyright Office Could Affect the Music Industry

April 3, 2017

The struggle over who will be the next Register of Copyrights is about to begin with the expected introduction of a bill to make the position a presidential appointee.

In October, Maria Pallante was removed from her job as Register of Copyrights by Dr. Carla Hayden, the Librarian of Congress, who has authority over the Copyright Office. (Pallante subsequently resigned.) Although the position has no lawmaking authority, it comes with significant power to shape policy -- and it’s an especially important position for the music industry as Congress begins its long-awaited copyright reform process. As Librarian, Hayden, who took office in September, has the authority to appoint a new Register. But media business lobbyists worry that she will choose someone more skeptical of copyright than Pallante, whose sudden removal upset some members of Congress.

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