Congressional Hearings on the Review of the Copyright Law

In March 2013, Register of Copyrights Maria A. Pallante delivered the Horace S. Manges lecture at Columbia Law School. Her lecture, “The Next Great Copyright Act", provided a historical overview of the development of U.S. copyright law and explained why a comprehensive review of our law is now needed. On March 20, 2013, Register Pallante conveyed her views to Congress in a hearing titled, “The Register’s Call for Updates to the U.S. Copyright Act.” There, the Register urged Congress to take a comprehensive and informed approach to copyright review over the next few years. On April 24, 2013, Chairman Bob Goodlatte of the U.S. House of Representatives Judiciary Committee announced a “comprehensive series” of hearings on U.S. copyright law. Since that time, the House Judiciary Committee’s Subcommittee on Courts, Intellectual Property and the Internet has conducted a series of copyright review hearings listed below.