U.S. House Judiciary Committee Hearing: The Register’s Perspective on Copyright Review

On 29 April 2015, the House Judiciary Committee held a Hearing on The Register’s Perspective on Copyright Review. It heard the Hon. Maria A. Pallante, Register of Copyrights and Director of the U.S. Copyright Office.

In her written statement, Ms. Pallante listed the policy issues that are ready for legislative process: music licensing, small claims, felony streaming, Section 108 on library exceptions, orphan works, resale royalty, improvements for persons with print disabilities, and Section 1201 on regulatory presumption for existing exemptions. In addition, Ms. Pallante listed other policy issues that warrant near-term study and analysis: other issues of Section 1201, such as its anti-circumvention provisions, Section 512 on notice and takedown, safe harbour, mass digitisation, and moral rights. Inter alia, the U.S. Copyright Office will recommend a voluntary “pilot program” in the form of extended collective licensing (ECL), enabling “full-text access to certain works for research and education purposes under a specific framework set forth by the Copyright Office, with further conditions to be developed through additional stakeholder dialogue and discussion”.