Maria Pallante Removed as U.S. Register of Copyrights

October 27, 2016 at 11:58 am | Posted in Advocacy and Gov't Relations, Uncategorized | Leave a comment

In a statement released on October 21, Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden announced that Maria Pallante would assume the role of “senior advisor for digital strategy” and that Karyn Temple Claggett would become acting Register of Copyrights. According to news reports, Pallante was not notified of her new appointment and refused to accept it. Pallante was generally considered to favor content creators and representatives from several media companies expressed their outrage and concern about her removal. The search for a new Register of Copyrights will likely pit those advocating for copyright laws that favor content creators against those who support more open copyright laws.

The U.S. Copyright Office is a department of the Library of Congress.

[Submitted by Gary Atwood, Chair, NAHSL Govt. Relations Comm.]

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