Sunday, January 22, 2017

What Do You Want In A Register?

What do you want in a Register... of Copyrights?

January 31st 2017 is the deadline for copyright owners and future copyright owners to opine.

It's free, easy, and not terribly time consuming.  Please make your voices heard.

These are the questions in the 3-question survey:

1. What are the knowledge, skills, and abilities that you believe are the most important for the Register of Copyrights?

2. What should be the top three priorities for the Register of Copyrights?

3. Are there other factors that should be considered?

Optional: you may upload supporting material as a file.

That's it!

FWIW, the "Register" is a person. The position was vacated when Maria Pallante was constructively demoted. Rumor has it, Maria Pallante was too sympathetic to copyright owners, musicians, songwriters, authors of books, creators of movies and tv shows that are delivered through cable and satellite channels.

Probably, people who depend on legal sales, contracts, subscription fees, licensing and royalties for their books, movies, sound-tracks, music etc would like a copyright enthusiast in the Register's office.

Perhaps, authors and other creators would like a Register who has a history of representing or supporting copyright owners, and who is clearly supported by copyright owners, rather than one supported by pirates, copyright infringers, "permissionless innovators", or the sort of persons who tell us that "information wants to be free" and include in-copyright fiction and musical works as "information".

Some management experience would be helpful. It would also be good if they were articulate and personable, and able to testify effectively to Congress.

It would be truly remarkable and lovely if those studying the survey comments would give more weight to the replies of persons whose livelihood is affected by copyright ownership than to freeloaders and enterprises who advertise to freeloaders.

In other copyright related news, kudos to the UK and to ISPs in the UK.

Copyright infringers who use Torrents and software to illegally download music, ebooks, films, sports etc will be receiving letters from their broadband providers, explaining to them that what they are doing is illegal, and recommending legal places to find what they want.

All the best,

Rowena Cherry

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