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Collins Statement on Pallante Departure from U.S. Copyright Office

Oct 26, 2016
Statement

WASHINGTON—Congressman Doug Collins, a member of the House Judiciary Committee and Vice-Chairman of the Subcommittee on Courts, Intellectual Property and the Internet, released the following statement today on the departure of Maria Pallante from the U.S. Copyright Office. Ms. Pallante is the former Register of Copyrights and was appointed as Senior Advisor to the Librarian of Congress on October 21, 2016. The Congressman’s statement is below:

"As Vice-Chair of the Subcommittee on Courts, Intellectual Property and the Internet, I am concerned by the departure of Maria Pallante from the U.S. Copyright Office. In her five years as the Register of Copyrights, Ms. Pallante gained a reputation for her fairness to creators and dedication to modernizing our copyright system.

"Ms. Pallante has served as a resource to my colleagues and me as we develop policy that respects creativity and innovation in this critical time of technological advancement. The manner of her reassignment raises significant questions about the direction of the Copyright Office, which it is the responsibility of Congress to oversee. I encourage and expect the Librarian of Congress to engage in a transparent and thorough process for ensuring that the next Register will continue to protect creators and pursue modernization."