Music artists are reacting with outrage at the dismissal of the head of the U.S. Copyright Office, calling the move an aggressive attack that is part of a larger effort to erode their creative rights and to bolster advocates of free content.
“This is a major affront to copyright,” said songwriter and music publisher Dean Kay. “Google seems to be taking over the world — and politics. . . . Their major position is to allow themselves to use copyright material without remuneration. If the Copyright Office head is toeing the Google line, creators are going to get hurt.”
Source: Songwriters say this federal bureaucrat championed their rights. Now she’s lost her job. – The Washington Post
U.S. Register of Copyrights Maria Pallante was removed from her job Friday morning (Oct. 21) by the Librarian of Congress, Carla Hayden, who has authority over the Copyright Office. Officially, Pallante has been appointed as a senior adviser for digital strategy for the Library of Congress, although it’s clear she was asked to step down.
Pallante was locked out of the Library of Congress computer system this morning, according to two sources who spoke with Library employees. Earlier, Hayden had called several members of Congress to tell them about her decision.
Source: Maria Pallante Removed as U.S. Register of Copyrights | Billboard
In addition to running the largest library in the world, overseeing the US Copyright Office, appointing a Poet Laureate each year, and selecting Gershwin Prize honorees for popular song, Hayden will be responsible for pushing the Library of Congress into the 21st century. Unlike former librarians of Congress, Hayden is the first appointed after widespread use of the internet and information technology, which has changed nearly everything, including America’s libraries.
In March 2015, the US Government Accountability Office issued a report documenting the library’s failure to catch up to the today’s technology. While this was partly due to poor strategic planning, GAO also noted “the Library does not have the leadership needed to address these [information technology] management weaknesses.”
Source: Carla Hayden is officially sworn in as the first woman and African-American librarian of Congress – Vox