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COLLINS STATEMENT ON HOUSE PASSAGE OF REGISTER OF COPYRIGHTS SELECTION ACT

Apr 26, 2017
Press Release

WASHINGTON—The House of Representatives today passed H.R. 1695, The Register of Copyrights Selection and Accountability Act, by a vote of 378-48. Congressman Doug Collins (R-Ga.), Vice Chair of the Judiciary’s Subcommittee on Courts, Intellectual Property, and the Internet, released the following statement in response:

“Today lawmakers took a crucial first step toward modernizing the Copyright Office by ensuring that the Register of Copyrights has the ability to implement policy and advise Congress effectively. This bill will ultimately help strengthen the copyright system, equipping it to better serve creators and the public at large.

“Robust intellectual property protections are woven into our Constitution, and such protections have become a major economic driver, creating jobs and fueling the American dream. H.R. 1695 promotes American innovation by recognizing the importance of the Register of Copyrights position and represents the product of more than four years of bipartisan collaboration.

“As the Vice-Chair of the Intellectual Property Subcommittee, I will continue to work for further modernization of the Copyright Office. This bill is the beginning, rather than the end, of our commitment to supporting cultural and economic growth by shoring up intellectual property rights and registration processes.”