The Unrealized Promise of the Next Great Copyright Act
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The Unrealized Promise of the Next Great Copyright Act

U.S. Copyright Policy for the 21st Century

Christopher S. Reed

The Unrealized Promise of the Next Great Copyright Act provides a unique perspective on one of the most active periods of copyright policy discourse in the United States since the enactment of the Copyright Act of 1976. Christopher S. Reed documents and assesses the major issues confronting the U.S. copyright system today, offering an inside view of the Copyright Office’s attempts at reform as part of a comprehensive account of the complex dynamics between key stakeholder communities, government and legislation.
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Chapter 9: Administering the copyright law

Christopher S. Reed

Abstract

What was once referred to as a sleepy backwater agency has grown into a central player in copyright policy conversations. Still, the Office is severely under resourced, and despite it being the guardian of the national copyright ownership database - copyright’s registry of deeds - its information technology platform is severely outdated. Despite the widely divergent viewpoints about the ideal outcome of the copyright review, virtually all stakeholders agree that the Copyright Office would benefit from some attention.

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