The U.S. House of Representatives Judiciary Committee kicked-off a copyright review listening tour with a roundtable discussion in Belmont’s Wedgewood Academic Center Tuesday. The event included a wide range of professionals from the music industry offering their thoughts on copyright, fair pay and streaming issues while a number of interested students, faculty, media and community members were in attendance to listen in on the conversation.
Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.) and Ranking Member John Conyers (D-Mich.) issued the following statement prior to the start of the listening tour:“America’s copyright industries – movies, television programming, music, books, video games and computer software – and technology sector are vitally important to our national economy. The House Judiciary Committee’s copyright review is focused on determining whether our copyright laws are still working in the digital age to reward creativity and innovation in order to ensure these crucial industries can thrive. In the coming weeks the House Judiciary Committee will conduct several roundtable discussions to hear directly from the creators and innovators about the challenges they face in their creative field and what changes are needed to ensure U.S. copyright law keeps pace with technological advances.”