Copyright Alliance Thanks New York Governor Kathy Hochul for Vetoing Bill 5837-B

December 30, 2021

Contact: Eileen Bramlet

Washington, DC — December 30, 2021 — Today, the Copyright Alliance released the following statement to thank New York Governor Kathy Hochul for Vetoing Bill 5837-B:

According to Copyright Alliance CEO Keith Kupferschmid, “On behalf of our members and the creator community overall, I thank New York Governor Hochul for vetoing Assembly Bill 5837-B on December 29, legislation that would have forced authors, publishers, and other copyright owners to involuntarily grant licenses to New York libraries for their digital works on terms decided by the state of New York. The bill was clearly unconstitutional, based on a campaign of misinformation, and in violation of federal copyright law. We are incredibly grateful to Governor Hochul for recognizing this and for taking appropriate action to veto the bill, and for helping to protect the rights of creators across the state and across the country.”



The Copyright Alliance is a non-profit, non-partisan public interest and educational organization representing the copyright interests of over 1.8 million individual creators and over 13,000 organizations in the United States, across the spectrum of copyright disciplines. The Copyright Alliance is dedicated to advocating policies that promote and preserve the value of copyright, and to protecting the rights of creators and innovators. For more information, please visit