Copyright Office for the Digital Economy Act

Legislation designed to modernize the United States Copyright Office.


copyright symbolIntroduced onto the House of Representative’s floor earlier this month, H.R. 4241 (aka The CODE Act) addresses the longstanding need for reforms of how the U.S. Copyright Office operates. Among other changes, the bill makes the Copyright office independent of the Library of Congress, provides for a Copyright Office Director appointed by the President, requires continuing technology studies to keep the office current and make it more user friendly, and establishes an advisory board to provide ongoing feedback.

“The bill provides a good starting point for continued discussions on how the Copyright Office should be modernized to serve the needs of the public and the copyright community in the digital age,” said Keith Kupferschmid, CEO of the Copyright Alliance on their website.

After months of discussion with various stakeholders, including several joint Member roundtables, the bill was introduced by Congresswoman Judy Chu (CA-27), Congressman Tom Marino (PA-10) and Congresswoman Barbara Comstock (VA-10). Chu and Marino are senior members on the House Judiciary Committee, which has jurisdiction over the Copyright Office. Here are links to a PDF of the Discussion Draft of the bill, and to ASMP’s useful Section by Section Summary of it’s contents.