The National Film Preservation Board (NFPB), originally created by the National Film Preservation Act of 1988 and most recently reauthorized in 2009, serves as an advisory group to the Librarian of Congress. The Board consists of 44 members and alternates representing the film industry, archives, scholars, filmmakers and others who comprise the diverse American motion picture community. As its primary mission, the Board works to ensure the survival, conservation and increased public availability of America's film heritage. The Board realizes its mission by counseling the Librarian on the current state of film preservation, apprising him of progress on initiatives such as the National Film Preservation Plan, and advising him on the annual selection of the National Film Registry.
Established by the National Film Preservation Act of 1988 (Public Law 100-446), the National Film Preservation Board was reauthorized in 1992 for four years (Public Law 102-307), again in 1996 for an additional seven years (Public Law 104-285), which also created the federally-chartered private sector National Film Preservation Foundation, once more in April 2005 for four years (Public Law 109-009), and most recently in October 2009 for seven years (Public Law 110-336).
Legislative Documents for Public Law 110-336
Legislative Documents for Public Law 109-009
View S. 167 (Public Law 109-9) "Family Entertainment and Copyright Act of 2005" (passed by Congress on April 19, 2005 and signed into law by President Bush on April 27, 2005) via Congress.gov. Also view the NFPB's entry in the United States Code External:
Key Features of Public Law 109-009
TITLE III, Subtitle A--National Film Preservation Act of 2005
TITLE III, Subtitle B--National Film Preservation Foundation Reauthorization Act of 2005
Title IV: Preservation of Orphan Works Act
Makes revisions to Section 108 of U.S. Copyright Law, which will allow libraries and archives (under certain conditions) to make copyrighted works (including films) available during the final 20 years of that work's copyright.