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Hudson Institute Releases White Paper on Copyright Office Reform

“Hudson Institute has just released A 21st Century Copyright Office: The Conservative Case for Reform, a white paper that articulates the case for granting the U.S. Copyright Office autonomy from the Library of Congress. A 21st Century Copyright Office examines the constitutional issues surrounding the Copyright Office’s function within the Library, reviews the history of the American copyright system, and considers the policy choices for how best to structure the Copyright Office to adequately serve consumers, innovators, creators and users.” (via PR Newswire)

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Now over 1,000,000 Items to Search on Congress.gov: Communications and More Added

“This has been a great year as we continue our push to develop and refine Congress.gov. There were email alerts added in February, treaties and better default text in March, the Federalist Papers and more browse options in May, and accessibility and user requested features in July. With this October update, Senate Executive Communications from THOMAS have migrated to Congress.gov. There is an About Executive Communications page that provides more detail about the scope of coverage, searching, viewing, and obtaining copies.” (via In Custodia Legis)

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The Next Librarian of Congress Should Be an Actual Librarian

“Most Americans probably weren’t aware that James H. Billington, who had served as Librarian of Congress for the past 28 years, resigned his position at the venerable institution on September 30. A Reagan appointee, Billington came into office before the advent of the World Wide Web and the sweeping changes of the information age. While Billington was a brilliant fundraiser who made vital contributions to the Library of Congress, his tenure was marred by significant mismanagement, for which he was criticized by a number of government watchdogs including a scathing report from the Government Accountability Office in March.” (via New Republic)

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Why Silicon Valley cares so much about who will lead the Library of Congress

“In 2012, the Library of Congress issued an unusual decision, ruling that cellphone unlocking – the process of moving a phone over to a different carrier instead of remaining on a fixed contract – would now be a violation of US copyright law. The storied institution isn’t usually noted for its technology policy, instead primarily focusing on the nation’s cultural history and on serving members of Congress. But the ruling, granted by the library’s broad oversight over copyright under the 1998 Digital Millennium Copyright Act, rankled many cellphone users, prompting a sharp rebuke from some members of Congress and the Obama administration, which eventually reversed the decision two years later.” (via CSM)

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Copyright Office’s online registration hasn’t worked for almost a week

“The U.S. Copyright Office’s electronic registration system has been down since Friday, costing the office an estimated $650,000 in lost fees and causing headaches for approximately 12,000 customers. The outage is part of a bigger computer failure at the Library of Congress, the federal agency that oversees the national library, provides Congress with research advice and operates the Copyright Office, a major player in the global digital economy.” (via Washington Post)

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