June 22, 2021 Library of Congress Announces Copyright Public Modernization Committee

First Meeting Scheduled for July 22, 2021

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Public Contact: Ellis Brachman, (202) 707-7816, ebrachman@loc.gov | George Thuronyi, (202) 707-6866, gthu@copyright.gov

The Library of Congress announced today the membership of the new Copyright Public Modernization Committee (CPMC), which is being convened to enhance communication and provide a public forum for the technology-related aspects of the U.S. Copyright Office’s modernization initiative.  The first CPMC meeting will be hosted by the Library on July 22, 2021.

As announced in the Federal Register in February 2021, the CPMC is being established by the Library to expand and enhance communication with external stakeholders on IT modernization of Copyright Office systems. Committee members were selected from a pool of applicants for their ability to represent a broad cross-section of the copyright community and other interested groups. CPMC members will provide valuable input into the development of the new Enterprise Copyright System (ECS), which includes the Office’s registration, recordation, public records, and licensing IT applications, and will be encouraged to help spread awareness of the Library’s development efforts more broadly.

The committee will meet twice a year through 2024 to publicly share information and answer questions about the IT-related aspects of Copyright Office modernization. The members of the Copyright Public Modernization Committee are:

Todd CarpenterNational Information Standards Organization
Wahaj ChaudhryAmazon.com
Susan ChertkofRecording Industry Association of America
Brewster KahleInternet Archive
Roy KaufmanCopyright Clearance Center
Keith KupferschmidCopyright Alliance
Melissa LevineUniversity of Michigan Library
Pamela MalpasAssociation of American Literary Agents Copyright Committee co-chair
Micah MayDigital Public Library of America
James NealColumbia University Librarian Emeritus, ALA, ACRL
Kathleen RodriguezWarner Media
Jeff SedlikPicture Licensing Universal System (PLUS) Coalition
Scott WeingartCarnegie Mellon

The first public meeting of the CPMC will take place virtually on July 22 from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Eastern.  Register of Copyrights Shira Perlmutter and Library of Congress Chief Information Officer Bud Barton will provide opening remarks, and Library subject-matter experts will provide an update on the development of ECS and other modernization efforts. Attendees will have an opportunity to hear directly from CPMC members and participate in a live Q&A. The meeting will be recorded and made available for viewing after the event.

This virtual public forum is free and open to the public. Participants must register in advance to attend. Request ADA accommodations five business days in advance at (202) 707-6362 or ADA@loc.gov.

Last July, the Library hosted a public forum that provided a detailed overview of Copyright Office IT Modernization. Video from that event can be viewed here. For more information about Copyright Office IT Modernization visit the Copyright Office Modernization website at www.copyright.gov/copyright-modernization/.

Copyright Office IT modernization is a joint effort between the U.S. Copyright Office and the Library of Congress Office of the Chief Information Officer (OCIO).

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PR 21-034
ISSN 0731-3527