WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Re:Create Coalition issued the following statement on the U.S. Copyright Office reform proposal released today by the U.S. House Judiciary Committee.
“The Re:Create Coalition thanks Chairman Bob Goodlatte and Ranking Member John Conyers for their review of our nation’s copyright system over the past several years. We agree with them and many other stakeholders that the U.S. Copyright Office needs to be modernized to keep pace with the digital age, and this long-awaited legislation could help achieve that goal. While it addresses important areas for reform, we have some concerns and unanswered questions about the policy proposal. We look forward to working with Chairman Goodlatte, Ranking Member Conyers and other members of Congress to improve the proposal and modernize the Copyright Office.
“We continue to support the Librarian of Congress, Carla Hayden, in prioritizing the infrastructure and IT upgrades that are already far behind the needs of the 21st century. It is critical that the Copyright Office keeps pace with the digital age and all early signs point to Dr. Hayden as focused on this important need,” said Joshua Lamel, Executive Director of the Re:Create Coalition.