Statements to Congress

The Copyright Alliance advocates for policies that promote and preserve the value of copyright and protect the rights of creators, copyright owners and innovators. On a regular basis, the Copyright Alliance testifies at and submits written statements to Congressional hearings relating to different aspects of copyright law or the copyright system. Our mission is to ensure Congress understands the issues that are important to the creative community, especially with regard to continuously changing modern technology and how such changes affect creators and copyright owners. Our statements submitted to Congressional hearings can be found on this page. Some examples of the issues we have addressed in statements include, but are not limited to, the DMCA, the CASE Act, the terrestrial public performance right, and modernizing the U.S. Copyright Office.

December 15, 2020

Written Testimony – The Role of Private Agreements and Existing Technology in Curbing Online Piracy

Summary:

Copyright Alliance CEO Keith Kupferschmid testified before the Senate Judiciary IP Subcommittee on the role of private agreements and existing technology in curbing online piracy.

September 30, 2020

Written Testimony – Copyright and the Internet in 2020: Reactions to the Copyright Office’s Report on the Efficacy of Section 512

Summary:

Copyright Alliance VP, Legal Policy Terrica Carrington testified before the House Judiciary Committee on reactions to Copyright Office’s report, which concludes that the careful balance that Congress intended regarding Section 512 has been tilted askew, to the detriment of copyright owners.

August 26, 2020

Statement on Requirements and Procedures for Filing a DMCA Takedown Notice

Summary:

On August 26, Copyright Alliance CEO Keith Kupferschmid participated in a Senate Judiciary IP Subcommittee staff briefing on the requirements and procedures for filing a DMCA takedown notice. While noting that the concerns raised in a prior written statement are of equal, if not greater, significance, his statement highlights issues related to the representative list requirement, additional takedown requirements imposed by service providers, problems with webforms used by service providers, and counter-notices.

July 9, 2020

Letter to Senate Judiciary IP Subcommittee on a Terrestrial Public Performance Right

Summary:

The Copyright Alliance sent a letter to Senate Judiciary IP Subcommittee Chairman Thom Tillis (R-NC) and Ranking Member Chris Coons (D-DE) voicing support for a terrestrial public performance right for sound recordings in light of the Subcommittee’s recent briefing on the Scope of Music Rights within the Digital Millennium Copyright Act. In urging Congress to take up this issue, the letter highlights the fact that “the United States is one of the few countries in the world that does not recognize a full public performance right for sound recording owners”

June 2, 2020

Statement for the record – “Is the Notice and Takedown System Working in the 21st Century”

Summary:

The Copyright Alliance submitted a statement for the record concerning the hearing titled “Is the Notice and Takedown System Working in the 21st Century” before the Senate Judiciary IP Subcommittee.

March 22, 2019

Letter to Senate Judiciary Committee Opposing Section 119 Reauthorization

Summary:

The section 119 compulsory license for satellite retransmission of distant broadcast signals is set to expire at the end of this year, and the Copyright Alliance does not support any further reauthorization of the license. The Copyright Alliance believes that creators are most fairly compensated when there are no distortions in the marketplace.

March 22, 2019

Letter to House Judiciary Committee Opposing Section 119 Reauthorization

Summary:

The section 119 compulsory license for satellite retransmission of distant broadcast signals is set to expire at the end of this year, and the Copyright Alliance does not support any further reauthorization of the license. The Copyright Alliance believes that creators are most fairly compensated when there are no distortions in the marketplace.

September 27, 2018

Statement to the House Judiciary Committee on the CASE Act of 2017

Summary:

The Copyright Alliance submitted a statement before the House Judiciary Committee at a hearing on H.R. 3945, the Copyright Alternative in Small-Claims Enforcement Act of 2017

September 26, 2018

Statement to the Senate Committee on the Register of Copyrights Selection and Accountability Act

Summary:

The Copyright Alliance submitted a statement before the Senate Rules and Administration Committee at a hearing on H.R. 1695 and S. 1010, the Register of Copyrights Selection and Accountability Act.

June 8, 2018

Letter to the Senate Judiciary Committee Opposing the ACCESS to Recordings Act

Summary:

The Copyright Alliance sent a letter to Senate Judiciary Committee Chariman Grassley and Ranking Member Feinstein opposing the ACCESS to Recordings Act.