WASHINGTON -- The Motion Picture Association of America, Inc. (MPAA) today welcomed the Librarian of Congress James Billington's appointment of Maria Pallante to lead the United States Copyright Office. She has served as Acting Register of Copyrights since January 1, 2011 and will succeed Marybeth Peters, who has led the U.S. Copyright Office for 16 years.
"We applaud the Librarian of Congress' selection of Maria Pallante as the new U.S. Register of Copyrights; her long history working on copyright issues in both the public and private sectors makes her an experienced, well-qualified candidate for this important role," said Fritz Attaway, MPAA Executive Vice President and Special Policy Advisor. "We thank Marybeth Peters for her years of service, and we look forward to working with Ms. Pallante to promote effective U.S. copyright policies that are critical to the welfare of the men and women who work in our creative community and contribute to our culture and economy."
Copyright laws protect the rights of people who create movies, TV shows, artwork and other products by providing the creator with exclusive rights to sell, license or otherwise use his or her creative work. In the case of movies and television, these laws help safeguard the creative works that support the livelihoods of the 2.4 million Americans who work as set painters, costume designers, make-up artists, writers, actors, directors and more. The MPAA promotes copyright policies that foster innovation by protecting and rewarding creators.
For more information on this appointment, please visit the U.S. Copyright Office.