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A sound framework for Copyright-Office modernization legislation

On January 31, 2017, I submitted (in my personal capacity) comments on a framework for Copyright Office modernization legislation proposed by House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-VA) and Ranking Member John Conyers Jr. (D-MI). My comments were relatively brief because their proposed legislative framework was fundamentally sound. I summarize them as follows:
I strongly support the Committee’s proposed approach to US-Copyright-Office modernization. During the last century, the United States has emerged as the world’s most successful net exporter of an increasingly broad array of copyright-protected works. Our remarkable and growing success as a producer and net exporter of copyrighted works has decreased our trade deficit, increased our GDP, and created high-paying US jobs across the country. Identifying the factors underlying this record of US success remains one of the most understudied issues in copyright law. The US thus has every incentive to ensure that the US Copyright Office is the world’s most technologically advanced, efficient, effective and responsive.