Don Henley

With change at the top of Copyright Office, a battle brews over free content

With change at the top of Copyright Office, a battle brews over free content

Musical artists are reacting with outrage at the dismissal of the head of the U.S. Copyright Office, calling the move an aggressive attack that is part of a larger effort to erode their creative rights and bolster advocates of free content.

"This is a major affront to copyright," said songwriter and music publisher Dean Kay. "Google seems to be taking over the world — and politics ... Their major position is to allow themselves to use copyright material without remuneration. If the Copyright Office head is toeing the Google line, creators are going to get hurt."

The Copyright Office administers the complex set of rules governing U.S. copyrights...

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