Industry & Advocacy News
December 22, 2020
Draft Legislation Is a Promising Step in DMCA Reform
The Authors Guild is pleased to announce that today Senator Tillis (R-N.C.), Chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee’s Intellectual Proper Subcommittee, unveiled the draft legislation “Digital Copyright Act of 2021.” The draft bill comes on the heels of a year-long series of hearings and discussions with stakeholders from the creative and internet industries in which the Authors Guild actively participated. The Authors Guild has been advocating for many of the changes proposed in the legislation for over five years.
The Authors Guild applauds Senator Tillis for his stewardship of the reform process despite the many unforeseen challenges created by the pandemic. We also thank Senator Tillis and the Senate IP Judiciary subcommittee for inviting us to testify at the hearing held on June 2, and for considering our comments and suggestions throughout the year on how the law can better serve small creative entities and individual creators like the 10,000 members of the Authors Guild, struggling against the ever-growing tide of online piracy that is causing great damage to their livelihoods.
The draft Digital Copyright Act is a salutary step in the direction of a balanced online copyright law. It contains a number of laudable changes from the current system, many echoing our suggestions and those of other creator organizations, including:
We look forward to continuing to work with Senator Tillis and his staff and the relevant congressional committees to further refine the bill as it makes its way through the legislative chambers next year.