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Congresswoman Karen Bass

Representing the 37th District of California

Statement on House Judiciary Committee Hearing "The Register’s Perspective on Copyright Review"

April 29, 2015
Press Release

WASHINGTON--Congresswoman Karen Bass (D-Calif.) released the following statement after the House Judiciary Committee held its hearing with Maria A. Pallante, Register of Copyrights and director of the United States Copyright Office:

"Since I have been in Congress, the House Judiciary Committee has held 20 hearings on copyright issues that have made two things clear in my mind: The copyright system generally works to incentivize both the creation and dissemination of new creative content and that our current laws need to be reformed. We face some very divisive issues, but from these hearings I also know that we can carve out areas of consensus where we as members of Congress can make much-needed improvements to our copyright system.

"I want to also thank Ms. Pallante for her thorough responses to our questions. I was particularly interested in learning about updating infrastructure and capacity at the Copyright Office and how she is engaging with the user community in her process of making recommendations for reforms.

"The creative community is so vital to Los Angeles and to the nation's economy. I am committed to ensuring that Congress both protects and supports these industries so that Americans and people around the world can continue to enjoy the amazing work our artists create."