Head of US Copyright Office Removed
From Illustrators’ Partnership of America:
Last Friday, October 21, 2016, the head of the US Copyright Office was removed in a surprise action by the newly-appointed Librarian of Congress.
According to the entertainment industry newspaper Variety:
“Pallante was locked out of her computer [Friday] morning,” reports Billboard, citing “two sources who spoke with Library employees.”
“Earlier, Hayden had called several members of Congress to tell them about her decision. Later, she called the heads of several media business trade organizations to give them the news, according to one who received such a call…Hayden, as the librarian of Congress, has the authority to make a new appointment without congressional review.”
The website Trichordist: Artists for an Ethical and Sustainable Internet warns that:
“This firing is virtually unprecedented in US history. The Librarian of Congress generally leaves the Register of Copyrights to run the affairs of the copyright office. However in the last two months the main Google mouthpiece in Washington DC Public Knowledge has been clamoring for her head.”