On April 26th the House of Representative passed H.R. 1695 with overwhelming bipartisan support. This is huge victory for not only the modernization of the Copyright Office (located within the Library of Congress, pictured here) but for photographers across this country. This would not be possible without the many letters photographers and creative artist sent, and the support of many Representatives, including Representative Chu (D-Ca), Representative Collins (R-GA), Chairman Goodlatte (R-VA), and Ranking Member Conyers (D-MI).
It is important to remember, H.R 1695 getting passed the House of Representatives is only half the fight. The bill now heads to the Senate side, where it is going to be a much harder fight. The Senate will examine the bill in various committees and go through the bill with a fine tooth comb. It is also possible for the Senate to come up with its own version of H.R 1695, which will then have to head back to the House for a vote again.
However the Senate decides to precede it is absolutely imperative to continue to send letters, but this time to our Senators. We need to make sure that the voices of photographers and other creative artists are heard as you demand for the Copyright Office to step into the 21st century.
Stay tuned for "Go" time in the Senate with those letters and calls. And be sure to sign everyone you know up at PPA.com/Grassroots.