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Maria Pallante Removed as Head of Copyright Office

Horrible news emanated from the Library of Congress on Friday morning when the notice of the firing of Maria Pallante was made public. This move is unheard of for the position of the US Register of Copyrights where historically the Register has stepped down or retired. Pallante was informed of her change in roles by being locked out of her computer.

Maria is a huge advocate for the rights of Creators and has been instrumental in the industry’s efforts for modernizing the Copyright Office and the creation of a Small Claim’s Court for Creators.  She is seen as being fair and unbiased by all who know her.

This move by the the newly appointed Librarian of Congress, Carla Hayden, is seen by many as a line in the sand as to how the Library of Congress want creators to be treated.  Here are a few articles on the firing.  Look for more information here as this issue evolves.

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Maria Pallante’s Testimony before the House Judiciary Committee

Maria Pallante is the current Register of Copyrights and Director of the United States Copyright Office. Her testimony today before the House Judiciary Committee was, as expected, full of ideas for modernization of the copyright office which she sees as a top priority.

Maria also suggests that various issues including Music Licensing, Small Claims, Felony Streaming, Orphan works, Resale Royalty, Section 108 reform, improvements for persons with print impairment, and presumptions regarding section 1201 exceptions, have been studied by the Office and are ripe for legislative action. Her testimony additionally identifies other issues where the Office will conduct further study, and issues as to which the Office suggests action is needed but must occur in the courts or by other means.

Her remarks also included the announcement of the creation of The U.S. Copyright Office Fair Use Index. This Fair Use Index is a project undertaken by the Office of the Register in support of the 2013 Joint Strategic Plan on Intellectual Property Enforcement of the Office of the Intellectual Property Enforcement Coordinator (IPEC). Fair use is a longstanding and vital aspect of American copyright law. The goal of the Index is to make the principles and application of fair use more accessible and understandable to the public by presenting a searchable database of court opinions, including by category and type of use (e.g., music, internet/digitization, parody).

You can access the entire testimony here.