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:
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.