Content Creators Coalition Responds To Rep. Zoe Lofgren’s Attack on Goodlatte and Conyers

This may seem down in the weeds, but it’s worth the read. Basically Rep Zoe Lofgren the congresswoman from Silicon Valley, tried to suggest that race/gender is playing a role in efforts to split the Copyright Office from the Library of Congress. Dr Carla Hayden the Librarian is black.

However this has prompted a sharp response from the Content Creators Coalition to the Congressional Black Caucus:

“As artists of color, we find it deeply offensive that opponents of this bill have attempted to recast their anti-creators’ rights goals into a smear campaign against its sponsors and supporters, insinuating that the legislation is about the race and gender of the current Librarian of Congress. ”

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[Cross posted from Artist Rights Watch]

I want to call your attention to a letter by members of the Content Creators Coalition regarding the Copyright Office.  First, a little context.

In case you missed it, Rep. Zoe Lofgren (D-Google) has been on a tear to oppose a bill in the House of Representatives (HR 1695) to both widen the pool of potential candidates to head the Copyright Office (called the “Register of Copyrights” for historical reasons) and elevate the office to a presidential appointment like the head of the Patent & Trademark Office.  (By the way, support HR 1695 by signing the CreativeFuture petition if you haven’t already.)

The bipartisan bill, authored by Chairman Bob Goodlatte and Ranking Member John Conyers and passed by the House Judiciary Committee 27-1 by its very nature increases the level of transparency in the appointment of the Register of Copyrights and maintains…

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