Earlier in the week, U.S. Copyright Office head Maria Pallante announced a list of 17 priorities and 10 special projects the agency will address in the next two years to keep pace with evolving copyright policy and administration.
Illegal media streaming, rogue websites and library preservation initiatives were each labeled as primary areas of focus by the Register of Copyrights. Pallante also suggested that the agency may adopt a larger role in matters of global policy, including U.S. trade agreements and piracy prevention efforts.
"Congress has charged the Copyright Office with administering the United States Copyright Act and performing important public services for the nation," Pallante noted. "The work plan presented here reflects the commitment of the office to address current complexities in the copyright system and prepare for future challenges."
Several of the projects described in the report revolve around the application of new technology to revise outmoded systems.
Beginning in November, for example, Copyright Office officials will meet with business and information technology experts to discuss possible improvements to the agency's electronic registration and recording systems. Pallante hopes to utilize the online portal to enable faster application approval processes and provide enhanced database search capabilities.