The US House of Representatives will vote today on a bill that will make the US Register of Copyrights a presidential appointment, confirmed by the US Senate.
The bill, H.R. 1695, is being celebrated by big copyright owners and dreaded by public interest groups. It's the result of a power struggle that could dictate how much industry will influence who runs the US Copyright Office.
Currently, the Copyright Office is run by the Register of Copyrights, a position that's appointed by the Librarian of Congress. If H.R. 1695 passes, the Register of Copyrights will be appointed by the president and confirmed by the Senate.