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H.R. 1695 (115th): Register of Copyrights Selection and Accountability Act of 2017


The text of the bill below is as of Apr 20, 2017 (Reported by House Committee).

Summary of this bill

This bill would change the appointment process for the head of the U.S. Copyright Office, known as the Register of Copyrights. Currently the Register of Copyrights is hired by the Librarian of Congress (who is the head of the Library of Congress). This bill would make the position appointed by the president with confirmation by the Senate, just as the Librarian of Congress is.

This bill creates a selection panel made up of Members of Congress and the Librarian of Congress who are tasked with submitting a list of at least three qualified individuals to the President for his or her consideration. The President would nominate an individual from ...


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Union Calendar No. 51

115th CONGRESS

1st Session

H. R. 1695

[Report No. 115–91]

IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

March 23, 2017

(for himself, Mr. Conyers, Ms. Bass, Mr. Biggs, Mrs. Blackburn, Mr. Buck, Mr. Chabot, Ms. Judy Chu of California, Mr. Cicilline, Mr. Collins of Georgia, Mr. DeSantis, Mr. Deutch, Mr. Farenthold, Mr. Franks of Arizona, Mr. Gaetz, Mr. Gohmert, Mr. Gowdy, Ms. Jackson Lee, Mr. Johnson of Georgia, Mr. Johnson of Louisiana, Mr. Jordan, Mr. King of Iowa, Mr. Labrador, Mr. Ted Lieu of California, Mr. Marino, Mr. Nadler, Mr. Poe of Texas, Mr. Ratcliffe, Mrs. Roby, Mr. Sensenbrenner, and Mr. Smith of Texas) introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on the Judiciary

April 20, 2017

Additional sponsors: Mr. Schneider, Mr. Schiff, Mr. Crawford, and Mr. Cohen

Deleted sponsor: Mr. Johnson of Georgia (added March 23, 2017; deleted March 27, 2017)

April 20, 2017

Reported with an amendment, committed to the Committee of the Whole House on the State of the Union, and ordered to be printed

Strike out all after the enacting clause and insert the part printed in italic

For text of introduced bill, see copy of bill as introduced on March 23, 2017


A BILL

To amend title 17, United States Code, to provide additional responsibilities for the Register of Copyrights, and for other purposes.


1.

Short title

This Act may be cited as the Register of Copyrights Selection and Accountability Act of 2017.

2.

Register of Copyrights

(a)

Amendments

Section 701 of title 17, United States Code, is amended—

(1)

in subsection (a)—

(A)

by striking (a) All administrative and inserting the following:

(a)

Register and Director

(1)

In general

All administrative

;

(B)

by striking director and inserting Director;

(C)

by inserting after the first sentence the following: The Register of Copyrights shall be a citizen of the United States with a professional background and experience in copyright law and shall be appointed by the President from the individuals recommended under paragraph (6), by and with the advice and consent of the Senate.; and

(D)

in the last sentence, by striking shall be appointed and all that follows through and shall act and inserting shall act;

(2)

in subsection (b), by redesignating paragraphs (1) through (5) as subparagraphs (A) through (E), respectively, and adjusting the margins accordingly;

(3)

by redesignating subsection (b) as paragraph (2), and adjusting the margins accordingly;

(4)

in paragraph (2), as so redesignated, by inserting Duties.— before In addition;

(5)

by inserting after paragraph (2) the following:

(3)

Oath

The Register of Copyrights shall, before taking office, take an oath to discharge faithfully the duties of the Copyright Office described in paragraph (2).

(4)

Removal

(A)

In general

The Register of Copyrights may be removed from office by the President.

(B)

Notification

The President shall provide notification to both Houses of Congress of a removal under subparagraph (A).

(5)

Term of Office

(A)

In general

Subject to subparagraph (B), the Register of Copyrights—

(i)

shall be appointed for a term of 10 years; and

(ii)

may serve until a successor is appointed, confirmed, and taken the oath of office.

(B)

Limitation

The Register of Copyrights may not continue to serve after the date on which Congress adjourns sine die after the date on which the 10-year period described in subparagraph (A)(i) ends.

(C)

Reappointment

An individual appointed to the position of Register of Copyrights, by and with the advice and consent of the Senate, may be reappointed to that position in accordance with the requirements of this section.

(6)

Panel for Register of Copyrights Recommendations

There is established a panel to recommend a list of at least 3 individuals to the President for appointment as the Register of Copyrights. The panel shall be composed of the following:

(A)

The Speaker of the House of Representatives.

(B)

The President pro tempore of the Senate.

(C)

The majority and minority leaders of the House of Representatives and the Senate.

(D)

The Librarian of Congress.

;

(6)

by redesignating subsections (c) through (f) as subsections (b) through (e), respectively;

(7)

in subsection (b), as so redesignated, by inserting Seal.— before The Register;

(8)

in subsection (c), as so redesignated, by inserting Annual Report.— before The Register;

(9)

in subsection (d), as so redesignated, by inserting Applicability of title 5.— before Except as provided; and

(10)

in subsection (e), as so redesignated, by inserting Compensation.— before The Register.

(b)

Applicability

The amendments made by subsection (a) shall apply with respect to any vacancy for the Register of Copyrights after January 1, 2017. If a Register of Copyrights is appointed during the period beginning on January 1, 2017 and ending on the day before the date of the enactment of this Act, that Register shall meet the requirements of the amendments made by this Act or shall be replaced in accordance with such amendments.

April 20, 2017

Reported with an amendment, committed to the Committee of the Whole House on the State of the Union, and ordered to be printed