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groups are studying the pros and cons of United States adherence to Berne with
authors' rights. For example, the Authors' League of America has formed a small
group to study problems of implement ing legislation. All of this is tentative and exploratory the possible beginnings of difficult and
This hearing is of course not the place to explore the many issues which
adherence to Berne must necessarily raise.
But the Copyright office urges the
to engage itself fully in the matter of Berne adherence and,
ideally, to coordinate with its Senate counterpart a program for thorough
analysis of the impact of adherence upon our present copyright law as well as
certain important areas for possible future development.
Thank you for the opportunity to report on the condition of the Copyright
Office and on some of the major copyright policy issues.
My colleagues and I
would be pleased to respond to your questions, either now or at a later time
for the record.
Mr. KASTENMEIER. Thank you, Mr. Curran. I would also hope to have your second appended statement, which you have just delivered, in writing.
Mr. CURRAN. I will supply it for the record, sir.
STATEMENT OF DONALD C. CURRAN
Before the Subcommittee on Courts, Civil Liberties,
and the Administration of Justice
May 1, 1985
The Place and Role of the Copyright Office
of the Library of Congress
The Library of Congress through law and historical development has
become in its 185-year history the custodian of the largest collection of
intellectual property gathered in any one place.
It is no accident that the
Congress in 1870 gave the Library of Congress responsibility for administering
the U.S. copyright law.
It is the one place in the U. S. Government where the
creator of intellectual property and the user of the property come together,
promoting "the progress of science and useful arts."
I would like to share with you our thoughts on the place and role of
the Copyright Office.
The Copyright Office became
a separate department of
the Library by statute in 1897.
We have a somewhat biased view but we believe that the Nation has
been well served by the Library and its Copyright Office, and that it will The benefits flowing to
continue to be so in the future.
the national library and
the world of
learning as a result of the deposit system are both tangible and intangible.
It brings to the nation in one place a vast body of intellectual property,
published and unpublished, created by our citizens in all formats, shapes and sizes. Much of what is obtained through deposit is not readily available, nor
indeed available at all through conventional purchase order arrangements.
purchase, gift, and exchange, but copyright deposit continues to be a key
relationship of a major U. S. cultural institution with the copyright process. We believe the Library has an intellectually stimulating working environment which is both attractive and supportive of the Copyright Office. We are able to attract and keep people who understand the importance of protecting intellectual property. In like manner, Library management is sensitive to the
significance and importance of an activity whose function
catalog, record, and process intellectual property pursuant to the copyright
law of the United States.
These are not qualities always found in a large
The Library of Congress and its Copyright Office are
compat ible and mutually supportive.
The responsibilities of the Copyright office are plainly set forth in Title 17. The Register directs all administrative functions and duties under
Title 17 not otherwise specified.
Section 702 authorizes the Register to