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Senate votes quickly to limit term of new Librarian of Congress

Bloomberg BNA: “A Senate-passed bill to limit the Librarian of Congress to a 10-year term could stall in the House amid Republican turmoil over finding a successor to Speaker John A. Boehner (R-Ohio), according to observers who spoke to Bloomberg BNA. The position has achieved a higher profile in the digital age, as copyright issues have become a more public and more politicized realm. Among other duties, the librarian has the authority to create exemptions to anti-circumvention law under the Digital Millennium Copyright Act. The library has been criticized recently for failing to update the Copyright Office’s computer systems in a way that serves the interests of the public, copyright holders, potential licensees and users of copyright-protected works and Internet users generally.”

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