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Newberg Quoted on Bill to Make Copyright Chief a Presidential Appointee

March 30, 2017

Tysons partner Brad Newberg commented in a March 24 Law360 story about a U.S. House of Representatives bill to make the register of copyrights an appointee of the president. Currently, the register is appointed by the librarian of Congress, a situation Newberg called an “historical oddity.”

Most stakeholders “want copyright to be put on an equal footing with other agencies that handle IP, like the [Patent and Trademark Office], which is independent and presidentially appointed,” Newberg explained.

He noted, too, that the bill would help bring technical, regulatory and statutory aspects of copyright law into the 21st century.