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March 24, 2017
Dennis Wharton
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NAB Statement on Introduction of Legislation Regarding Appointment of Register of Copyrights

WASHINGTON, D.C. In response to last night's introduction in the House of Representatives of the Register of Copyrights Selection and Accountability Act of 2017, a bill to amend the appointment of future Registers of Copyrights and limit the Register position to a 10-year term, the following statement can be attributed to NAB President and CEO Gordon Smith:

"NAB thanks Chairmen Goodlatte and Grassley, Ranking Members Conyers, Feinstein and Leahy, and their cosponsors on the bipartisan introduction of legislation to make the Register of Copyrights subject to the Presidential nomination and Senate confirmation process. As representatives of both significant owners and users of copyrighted material, NAB supports passage of this bill and will continue to work with lawmakers on broader efforts to modernize the copyright office."

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