In an unprecedented move, after firing former Register Pallante, a good friend to visual artist associations, the new Librarian of Congress is seeking public comments on the next Register of Copyrights. It is extremely important that the views of the licensing community are heard. This is a massively important issue and the results will have a huge impact on our industry for the foreseeable future.
Please, please participate in the survey and share the information in Nancy’s blog with your contributors. You will find the information here.
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.