By Paula Katinas
Brooklyn Daily Eagle
U.S. Rep. Jerrold Nadler, who has been a member of the House Judiciary Committee for the 22 years, has been selected as the ranking member on a Judiciary Committee’s subcommittee on Courts, Intellectual Property and Internet.
The choice of Nadler, which was announced on Jan. 28, is expected to be ratified by the full committee the next time it meets.
The subcommittee has jurisdiction over copyright, patent, and trademark laws, as well as overseeing regulation of information technology, administration of US Courts, federal rules of evidence, civil and appellate procedure, and judicial ethics.
“I am honored to have the opportunity to serve as the ranking Democrat on this important subcommittee. The subcommittee has begun the first comprehensive review of our nation’s copyright laws since 1976. These laws are at the core of how we consume media, from watching TV and listening to music to enjoying a movie or sharing photos,” Nadler (D-Upper West Side-Bay Ridge-Bensonhurst) said.
“We will seek to strike the right balance between how artists, authors, musicians, photographers and other content creators are compensated for their work with the desire of technology companies to provide new and innovative ways for consumers to access this content like never before,” Nadler said.
Nadler filled the slot formerly held by former congressman Mel Watt (D-North Carolina), who left congress to serve as the head of the Federal Housing Finance Agency, the agency which oversees Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. The Senate confirmed Watt for the post in December.
Nadler also serves on another Judiciary Committee subcommittee focusing on the Constitution and civil justice issues.
“I look forward to continuing to serve on the Constitution and Civil Justice Subcommittee of the House Judiciary Committee with the newly selected ranking Democrat, Congressman Steve Cohen. I am proud to have served on the panel as the ranking Democrat/chairman since 2001 as we have faced some of our nation’s most pressing questions, ranging from NSA surveillance and the Patriot Act to LGBT rights, the Voting Rights Act, and a woman’s right to choose,” Nadler said.
“I remain committed to protecting the Constitution and the civil rights and civil liberties of all Americans,” he added.