In October, U.S. Register of Copyrights Maria Pallante was suddenly removed from her position by new Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden, a move that was met with dismay from many members of the music industry and creators' rights groups. Now, Eagles founding member Don Henley has added his voice to the chorus of those decrying the decision, calling Pallante's ouster an "enormous blow" for artists, according to the Washington Post.
“She was a champion of copyright and stood up for the creative community, which is one of the things that got her fired,” Henley said of Pallante, before turning his attention to Hayden. “The Librarian wants free content, and the copyright office is there to protect creators of content. They are diametrically opposed ideologies... [Hayden] has a long track record of being an activist Librarian who is anti-copyright and a Librarian who worked at places funded by Google.”
In her position as Register, Pallante was seen as a generally fair and sympathetic figure when it came to expanding creators' rights, and advocated for updating many of the Copyright Office's tech-based policies. With the music industry's continuous shift into the digital realm, the office has become a battleground between tech companies that have emerged as the new distributors in a streaming economy and creators, like Henley, who say they are not being fairly compensated for their work.