The Association of American Publishers (AAP) voiced their approval of the House Judiciary Committee’s first policy proposal regarding the review of the Copyright Act. The Association of American Publishers (AAP) brought this news to our attention in their article, “AAP Welcomes House Judiciary Committee’s First Policy Proposal on Copyright Review.”

AAP and its members believe that modernizing the Copyright Office is a great place to start the process. They also voiced support for making the Register of Copyrights a presidential appointee subject to Senate confirmation and a statutory term, as well as increasing the autonomy of the Copyright Office regarding its budget and IT systems.

AAP also supports the implementation of a small claims system to process low value infringement cases, as long as it is furnished with the appropriate safeguards to deter frivolous claims.

These are good starts for those involved in publishing, especially in the world of academia. It will be interesting to watch the process evolve.

Melody K. Smith

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