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Former Register MARIA A. PALLANTE to join CSUSA Advisory Board

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President Nancy Wolff extended our deep gratitude for Maria A. Pallante's longstanding support of CSUSA and leadership while Register of the U.S. Copyright Office in the letter below. We are pleased to announce that former Register Pallante has joined the Copyright Society's Advisory Board.

October 27, 2016

Dear Maria:

On behalf of the Copyright Society of the USA, we extend our deep gratitude and thanks for your years of support to the Society, and the copyright community at large, and dedicated leadership as Register of Copyrights at the U.S. Copyright Office. You served with distinction and your contributions as Register greatly benefited all members of the copyright community as well as Congress.

As you yourself noted at the Society’s 60th Anniversary Gala in 2014, the Office and the Society have a longstanding relationship through the leadership of many Registers. You and your staff have been extremely generous with your time and support of the Society and its mission of fostering interest in and advancing the study of copyright law as it relates to the creation and distribution of works of authorship in all disciplines.

In particular, your “A View from the Copyright Office” sessions, in which you reported on developments at the Office, have been a highlight of the Society’s Annual Meetings and a great benefit to all members. We appreciate you always encouraging your staff to attend the Society’s meetings, and become active members of the Society, to participate in our DC Chapter, to serve on many of our committees, to moderate and speak on panels as well as offering stimulating ideas for discussion topics. We were honored to have you present the 2013 Christopher A. Meyer Memorial Lecture.

Most importantly, we applaud and thank you for your leadership as Register since 2011. Your Manges Lecture, “The Next Great Copyright Act,” jump-started a thoughtful process of re-examining of the Copyright Act, to bring it and the Office into the modern digital era, with the Office playing a more important role in a digital world where creators and users are often one and the same. The publication of the Fair Use Index of cases on the Copyright Office website is one example, as is the Copyright Matters lecture series. During your tenure, the Office tackled many difficult issues and engaged in important policy studies in which you sought comments and guidance from all stake holders, and envisioned a Copyright Act that works for all authors—both individuals and entities alike—to promote the purpose of copyright and encourage the proliferation of the creative works essential to our economy. From modernizing the Office and its IT systems to improving registration and record keeping, as well as the myriad studies on mass digitization, moral rights, visual works, copyright small claims, music licensing, and Sections 108, 512, and 1201, among many others, your Office has reached out and listened to all of the many Copyright Office constituents to provide Congress and the public with balanced recommendations and proposals on how to move the copyright law into the 21st Century. Under your guidance, the Office published a comprehensive online guide to registration and recordation—the 2014 Compendium of U.S. Copyright Office Practices, Third Edition—the first wholesale revision of the Compendium in 30 years.

The Office’s initiatives under your leadership have already led to real progress, particularly on a recommendation to create a small claims tribunal, which will allow many creators, who currently can’t afford to bring a claim in federal court, an opportunity to bring infringement claims inexpensively, without having to hire a lawyer. As you know, following your lead, Congressmen Hakeem Jeffries (D-NY) and Tom Marino (R-PA) have introduced legislation to implement these recommendations, and Congresswoman Judy Chu (D-CA) has indicated that she plans to introduce legislation as well.

As President of the Society, on behalf of our membership, we appreciate that your leadership and open communication style has been especially important in a world often polarized on policy issues including in the field of copyright. The Copyright Office, under your guidance, has, in our view, set an example for constructive dialog among competing interests. Such an approach, that is fair to all parties, from all ideologies, is important for not just the creative community, but for all user communities as well, since the lines between creators and users is often blurred.

It is unfortunate that you are unable to continue in your role to complete the improvements that you started at the Office. We do hope you will remain an active member of the Society. All past Registers are welcome to be part of my Advisory Committee and I hope you will consider the invitation to join now. We are pleased that Karyn Temple Claggett, Acting Register, is also currently co-chair of the Society’s International Chapter, and that she too will remain active in the Society. We wish you the best of luck in whatever new endeavors and pursuits you will now undertake, and hope that you find a fulfilling way to continue to contribute to the copyright system and the creative community.

With best wishes,

Nancy E. Wolff
President, Copyright Society of the USA

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