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By Amy Hinojosa, President and CEO of MANA, A National Latina Organization
Contributor, The Huffington Post

There’s a bill working its way through Congress that creators and creatives should know about and support. It’s the Register of Copyrights Selection and Accountability Act of 2017, H.R. 1695. The bill would ensure that the Copyright Office continues to have a vocal and independent role in advising Congress and the Administration on how important copyright policy is to creative economy jobs. House Judiciary Committee Chairman Goodlatte and Ranking Member Conyers introduced the bill, and it passed the Committee by a 27 to 1 vote, something quite remarkable in today’s toxic, partisan environment.

I know firsthand how important it is to have a strong Copyright Office. Just last year, an ill-conceived FCC proposal from the former chairman threatened to cripple independent Latino programmers, and kill television networks that serve bicultural audiences like me. The ability of the Register of Copyrights to issue an independent analysis on the copyright harms of the proposal helped bring the FCC back from the brink.


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