My response to the Library of Congress survey

By now, most of you will have heard that the new Librarian of Congress,  Carla Hayden, removed Maria Pallante from the post of the Register of Copyrights.

There have been a lot of stupid conspiracy theories running around about it (including the one originating from Chris Castle that Google was somehow behind it, despite the fact that Carla Hayden has no relation to Google at all). Of course, these turned out to be utter bullshit. Pallante was removed because she repeatedly and publicly advocated that the Copyright Office be removed from the auspices of the Library of Congress.

Whatever the case, the Library of Congress has been doing something previously unheard of, and actually asked the public to weigh in on how to decide who should take her place. They have set up a survey here:

Librarian of Congress Seeks Input on Register of Copyrights

The survey period ends on January 31st, so if it’s not already too late when you read this, I strongly encourage everyone to submit comments today.

Here is what I submitted.

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What Type Of Right?

When people use the word “right,” they often mean drastically different things. For example, the right to free speech is very different from the right to make a right turn at a red light, and both are different from the right to receive a public education. Talking about rights often enters the intersection of jurisprudence and ethics, so people have been discussing this for a long time.

In this article, I’m going to explain the various types of rights, and then relate them to copyright law.

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