You have a department charged with regulating our country's financial sector. It is run entirely by lawyers. Is anyone shocked that it is chock full of insane rules that have nothing to do with finance?
I had heard of the Berne Convention, but never really investigated it. Wonder what kind of catastrophic event it would take to get it revisited. It seems like it really bludgeons the public's ability to utilize their culture. Very unfortunate.
Her title is Copyright Register yet copyright happens automatically - no need to register. Maybe we should 1) register all copyrights and 2) have multiple shorter copyright periods.
Part 1) accomplishes a few things. By requiring filing for copyright instead of granting it automatically, it protects the things that people actually want protected. It also would create a database with all copyrighted material in one place so you could find the owner and easily license the work.
Part 2) would allow things to move into the public domain sooner if the owner was seeing no more economic benefit from the work. However, someone like Disney could register their copyrights a couple of times so the monopoly on it would be longer (but not near the 100+ years it is now).