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Hollywood Groups Laud New Bill To Have POTUS Appoint Copyright Chief


David Robb, Deadline Hollywood

A bill introduced in Congress today that would give Donald Trump and all future presidents the authority to appoint the head of the U.S. Copyright Office has received the endorsement of the DGA and MPAA. The post currently is appointed by the Librarian of Congress.

The Register of Copyrights Selection and Accountability Act of 2017 would require that the head of the Copyright Office, known as the Register of Copyrights, to be nominated by the president and subject to confirmation by the Senate. It also would limit the Register to a 10-year term that would be renewable by another presidential nomination and Senate confirmation.

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Public Broadcasting Digs In on Fight Over Proposed Cuts


Inside Radio

Two wildly disparate headlines clashed in the same week. On the heels of Inside Radio’s report “NPR Shatters Its Ratings Record“ came Thursday’s “Trump Proposal Would Zero Out Fed’s Public Radio Funding.” Reactions to the President’s budget proposal that would eradicate federal funding for public media have been swift.

Under a $1.1 trillion spending outline released by the White House, the $445 million annual allocation to the Corporation for Public Broadcasting would be completely eliminated. CPB distributes federal dollars to approximately 1,489 local public radio and television stations nationwide. NPR’s grant total is anticipated to be $1.4 million this year, The Wall Street Journal reports, while public radio stations count on CPB funding to help pay their dues in order to be member stations.

“The president rails against ‘fake news,’ but in eliminating the Corporation for Public Broadcasting his budget plan would sever the financial lifeline of scores of public TV and radio stations that are among the most reliable, trusted sources of real news for millions of Americans,” said Michael Copps, a former Democratic commissioner with the FCC from 2001 to 2011.

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