The Authors Guild welcomes the appointment of Ms. Maria Pallante, the recent Register of Copyrights, as President and CEO of the Association of American Publishers (AAP). In her long and distinguished record of public service, Ms. Pallante had demonstrated a commitment to advancing the rights of creators. While serving as Register from 2011 to 2016, among her many accomplishments, Ms. Pallante launched a comprehensive review of the Copyright Act to identify areas of need in the existing legal and regulatory system, championed modernization programs that gave the Copyright Office resources to meet rapidly evolving technological demands, and introduced author-friendly proposals such as the small claims tribunal plan. Ms. Pallante has been a supporter of the rights of individual creators throughout her career, including stints at the Authors Guild and National Writers Union. We look forward to working with her in her new position to address the challenges facing the author and publishing communities.
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