House Commerce Committee

  1. House Members Debate 'Fair Use'

    November 22, 2005 12:00 AM EST A House Commerce Committee panel held an oversight hearing Nov. 16 to debate whether or not the "fair use" section of the Copyright Act needs to be broadened. Fair use gives scholars, researchers and WASHINGTON, D.C. -- A House Commerce ...

  2. House Members Debate 'Fair Use'

    November 16, 2005 12:00 AM EST A House Commerce Committee panel held an oversight hearing today (Nov. 16) to debate whether or not the 'fair use' section of the Copyright Act needs to be broadened. Fair use gives scholars, research A House Commerce Committee panel hel ...

  3. House Group Says Broadcast Flag 'Essential'

    October 04, 2005 12:00 AM EDT The copyright industry's drive to get lawmakers to enact legislation that will institute the so-called "broadcast flag" copyright-protection regime appears to be gaining steam. WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The copyright industry's drive ...

  4. Draft Gives Head Start On Telco Bill

    September 20, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Lawmakers began serious consideration of legislation designed to make it easier for phone companies to deliver video programming as congressional leaders began circulating a staff draft of the bill Se WASHINGTON, D.C. (The Hollywood Reporter) -- L ...

  5. Cablers Claim Multicast Too Costly

    September 13, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Cable operators are claiming that forcing them to carry all of the digital TV streams a broadcaster can program could cost the industry in excess of $100 billion, according to a new study. WASHINGTON, D.C. (The Hollywood Reporter) -- Cable operato ...

  6. Broadcast Flag Ruling Alters Biz Fight Plan

    May 10, 2005 12:00 AM EDT A federal appellate court has dealt the entertainment industry a blow with its decision to toss out the Federal Communication Commission's "broadcast flag" regulation designed as an offensive measure WASHINGTON, D.C. (The Hollywood ...

  7. Barton Pushes For Analog Shut Off

    April 26, 2005 12:00 AM EDT The chairman of the House Commerce Committee is renewing his push for legislation that would set a "hard date" that would force broadcasters to shut off their current analog channels. LAS VEGAS (The Hollywood Reporter) -- The chairman of ...

  8. Smut Task Force Nears Report

    April 26, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Broadcast industry executives hope to soon wrap up work on their voluntary recommendations to curb smut on the airwaves in the summer. LAS VEGAS (The Hollywood Reporter) -- Broadcast industry executives hope to soon wrap up work on their voluntary ...

  9. Foes Put Sights On DTV Date

    February 22, 2005 12:00 AM EST Opposition appears to be building to a Republican plan to set a "hard date" for the nation's broadcasters to turn off their analog TV signals as members of a key House panel expressed concern over the WASHINGTON, D.C. (The Hollywood ...

  10. Pols Press For Digital TV Switch

    December 14, 2004 12:00 AM EST As part of the legislation overhauling the nation's intelligence agencies, lawmakers were expected to include a "Sense of the Congress" resolution expressing their desire that broadcasters vacate TV c WASHINGTON, D.Ç. (The Hollywood ...

  11. FCC Launches TV-Violence Probe

    May 24, 2004 12:00 AM EDT The chairman of the Federal Communications Commission is launching an inquiry into the effect excessively violent broadcast TV programming has on children. WASHINGTON (Hollywood Reporter)--The chairman of the Federal Communications Commission is l ...

  12. 'Millionaire' Creator Sues Disney

    May 24, 2004 12:00 AM EDT The U.K. creators of the "Who Wants to Be a Millionaire" franchise are suing the Walt Disney Co. for allegedly licensing the hit television series to ABC at below-market prices and inflating productio Study: Teens Knowingly Download Musi ...

  13. DMCA Adjustment Fuels Capitol Hill Debate

    May 17, 2004 12:00 AM EDT There's a lot of buzz on Capitol Hill about a pending bill that seeks to enlarge the "fair use" sections of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA). The main provision, The Digital Media Consumers WASHINGTON--There's a lot ...

  14. Film Studios Mull Piracy Lawsuits

    May 17, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Motion Picture Assn. of America head Jack Valenti says film studios may follow their music counterparts in pursuing individual file-sharers through the courts if online film piracy continues unabated. Ex-Exec Sues Label For Slander Ex-Fox Workers ...

  15. Senate Wants Indecency Bill On Fast Track

    April 05, 2004 12:00 AM EDT The Senate Republican leadership is hoping to place a pending indecency bill on the unanimous consent calendar -- which is typically reserved for legislation that is unopposed -- early this week. Lobb The Senate Republican leadership is hoping to ...

  16. Stern' Defense Irks Senator

    March 22, 2004 12:00 AM EST Sen. Sam Brownback, R-Kansas, isn't buying Viacom president and chief operating officer Mel Karmazin's contention that the Feb. 24 broadcast of "The Howard Stern Show" doesn't run afoul of the nation' WASHINGTON--Sen. ...

  17. NYC Residents, Club Owners Battle Over Noise

    March 22, 2004 12:00 AM EST LOS ANGELES--A New York City night-life ordinance is unlikely to see the light of day in 2004. But supporters say the law, which seeks to soften club noise for Manhattan residents, will eventually be Licensing Deals Abound In Wireless Market NYC R ...

  18. Senate Bill Would Let FCC Fine Artists

    March 09, 2004 12:00 AM EST The Senate Commerce Committee today (March 9) passed legislation that would give the Federal Communications Commission authority to fine recording artists or other figures up to $500,000 for knowingly The Senate Commerce Committee today (March 9) ...

  19. Clear Channel Pays Record Fine for 'Love Sponge' Broadcast

    March 08, 2004 12:00 AM EST Clear Channel Communications paid the largest-ever single fine for an indecent broadcast last Thursday when it wrote a $755,000 check to the U.S. Treasury for a broadcast of the "Bubba the Love Sponge WASHINGTON--Clear Channel Communications ...

  20. E.U. Set To Act On New Rules To Halt Piracy

    March 08, 2004 12:00 AM EST The European Union is expected to agree to new rules this week that will clamp down on movie and music pirates following a long legislative battle, according to the E.U. sources last Friday. <br clea Virgin, Fox Studio Drop Lawsuit, Settle Disp ...

  21. House Pushes For $500,000 Indecency Fines

    March 03, 2004 12:00 AM EST The House Commerce Committee today (March 3) approved tougher legislation to deal with violations of federal indecency rules on television and radio, increasing the maximum fine to $500,000 per incide The House Commerce Committee today (March 3) a ...

  22. Senator McCain Proposes Low-Power FM Stations

    February 23, 2004 12:00 AM EST A top Senate lawmaker says he will introduce legislation soon to authorize the creation of hundreds of low power FM (LPFM) stations across the country that proponents say could revolutionize the diver A top Senate lawmaker says he will introduce l ...

  23. House Panel OKs Indecency-Fine Increase

    February 13, 2004 12:00 AM EST A House panel today (Feb. 13) marked up a bill that would increase broadcast fines for indecency. The bill has been sent to the full House Commerce Committee for approval. A House panel today (Feb. 13) marked up a bill that would increase broadcas ...