Judiciary Committee

  1. Adelstein Gets New FCC Term

    December 14, 2004 12:00 AM EST The Federal Communications Commission on Dec. 7 swore in Jonathan S. Adelstein for a new term as a Commissioner, to expire June 30, 2008. He was originally confirmed in 2002 to fill out the term of Gl WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The Federal Communications ...

  2. Leahy: GOP Stalled Entertainment Biz Bills

    December 14, 2004 12:00 AM EST Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., a leading copyright and anti-piracy advocate in the Senate, lambasted the Republican majority leadership in Congress Dec. 8 for sandbagging a host of intellectual property b WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., ...

  3. Leahy: GOP Stalled Entertainment Biz Bills

    December 09, 2004 12:00 AM EST Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., a leading copyright and anti-piracy advocate in the Senate, lambasted the Republican majority leadership in Congress yesterday (Dec. 8) for sandbagging a host of intellectua Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., a leading copyright ...

  4. Adelstein Gets New FCC Term

    December 07, 2004 12:00 AM EST The Federal Communications Commission today (Dec. 7) swore in Jonathan S. Adelstein for a new term as a Commissioner, to expire June 30, 2008. He was originally confirmed in 2002 to fill out the term The Federal Communications Commission today (De ...

  5. Behind the Deal: Fighting For File Swapping On Capitol Hill

    December 07, 2004 12:00 AM EST That's not a trivial task for Corwin, the lobbyist for Kazaa's parent company. When making the rounds on Capitol Hill, Corwin, 54, is up against the dual political powerhouses of the Recording Industr Philip Corwin has one of the least e ...

  6. Content Groups Voice Support For Giant IP Bill

    November 16, 2004 12:00 AM EST A coalition of 20 content-industry groups sent a letter to the U.S. Senate Nov. 11 calling for the passage of an omnibus intellectual property bill when members return for a lame-duck session next wee WASHINGTON, D.C. -- A coalition of 20 content- ...

  7. Content Groups Voice Support For Giant IP Bill

    November 11, 2004 12:00 AM EST A coalition of 20 content-industry groups today (Nov. 11) sent a letter to the U.S. Senate calling for the passage of an omnibus intellectual property bill when members return for a lame-duck session A coalition of 20 content-industry groups today ...

  8. For Biz, Election Means Familiar Faces In D.C.

    November 09, 2004 12:00 AM EST For the music, movie, broadcast and technology industries that depend on Congress to oversee their issues and concerns, the Nov. 2 U.S. election means one thing: status quo. WASHINGTON, D.C. -- For the music, movie, broadcast and technology indust ...

  9. For Biz, Election Means Familiar Faces In D.C.

    November 03, 2004 12:00 AM EST For the music, movie, broadcast and technology industries that depend on Congress to oversee their issues and concerns, yesterday's U.S. election means one thing: status quo. For the music, movie, broadcast and technology industries that depe ...

  10. For Biz, Election Means Familiar Faces In D.C.

    November 03, 2004 12:00 AM EST Insiders expect more indecency fines. For the music, movie, broadcast and technology industries that depend on Congress to oversee their issues and concerns, yesterday's U.S. election means one thing: status quo. All Republican and Democratic ...

  11. Induce Act Yanked Again; Floor Vote Unlikely

    October 07, 2004 12:00 AM EDT For the <A HREF="http://www.billboard.com/bb/biz/newsroom/legal_management/article_display.jsp?vnu_content_id=1000650858">second week in a row</A>, Induce legislation co-sponsor and Judiciary Committe For the second week in a ...

  12. Induce Bill Yanked For Revisions

    October 05, 2004 12:00 AM EDT A markup of major legislation to go after peer-to-peer companies that "induce" the public into copyright infringement was pulled Sept. 29 from the Senate Judiciary Committee's vote agenda. WASHINGTON, D.C. -- A markup of major legis ...

  13. Induce Bill Yanked For Revisions

    September 30, 2004 12:00 AM EDT A markup of major legislation to go after P2P companies that "induce" the public into copyright infringement was pulled last night (Sept. 29) from the Senate Judiciary Committee's vote agenda for toda A markup of major legislation t ...

  14. Senate Committee Passes CARP Reform Bill

    September 28, 2004 12:00 AM EDT The Senate Judiciary Committee on Sept. 21 passed the House-approved Copyright Royalty and Distribution Reform Act, H.R. 1417. WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The Senate Judiciary Committee on Sept. 21 passed the House-approved Copyright Royalty and Distribut ...

  15. House Passes Labeling Bill

    September 28, 2004 12:00 AM EDT The House of Representatives passed legislation Sept. 21 bolstering intellectual property protection. The "Intellectual Property Protection and Courts Improvements Act of 2004," H.R. 3632, passed by v WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The House of Rep ...

  16. House Passes Intellectual Property Bill

    September 22, 2004 12:00 AM EDT The House of Representatives yesterday (Sept. 21) passed legislation bolstering intellectual property protection. The "Intellectual Property Protection and Courts Improvements Act of 2004," H.R. 3632 The House of Representatives yesterda ...

  17. Senate Committee Passes CARP Reform Bill

    September 21, 2004 12:00 AM EDT The Senate Judiciary Committee today (Sept. 21) passed the <A HREF="http://www.billboard.com/bb/biz/archivesearch/article_display.jsp?vnu_content_id=1000454388">House-approved</A> Copyright Royalty an The Senate Judiciary Com ...

  18. Backlogged Congress Could Put Induce Bill On Hold

    September 21, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Senate consideration of the so-called Induce bill may be put off until late November. The reason? There's not enough time left for lawmakers to take care of all their legislative business. WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Senate consideration of the so-ca ...

  19. Amendment Could Impede Anti-Piracy Bill

    September 14, 2004 12:00 AM EDT The House Judiciary Committee marked up and then passed a major anti-piracy bill on Sept. 8, but Democrats on the committee are angered that Republicans attached an unrelated bill that could impede fu WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The House Judiciary Commit ...

  20. Amendment To Anti-Piracy Bill Angers Dems

    September 08, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Committee OKs addition of Family Movie Act. The House Judiciary Committee today (Sept. 8) marked up and then passed a major anti-piracy bill, but Democrats on the committee are angered that Republicans attached an unrelated bill that could impede ...

  21. Biz Hits D.C. To Lobby On Digital Issues

    September 08, 2004 12:00 AM EDT More than a dozen music-industry groups will descend on Capitol Hill tomorrow (Sept. 9) to show their support of online music services and the so-called Induce bill. The day of lobbying is being coord More than a dozen music-industry groups will d ...

  22. Opposing Groups Present Changes To Induce Act

    August 31, 2004 12:00 AM EDT The Consumer Electronics Assn. and 10 other groups that oppose the pending Induce Act have hammered out alternative language for the legislation and presented it to Senate leaders on Aug. 25. WASHINGTON -- The Consumer Electronics Assn. (CEA) and ...

  23. Opposing Groups Present Changes To Induce Act

    August 25, 2004 12:00 AM EDT New language would change focus to 'mass infringers.' The Consumer Electronics Assn. and 10 other groups that oppose the pending Induce Act have hammered out alternative language for the legislation and today (Aug. 25) presented it to Se ...

  24. NMPA President/CEO Edward Murphy Leaves His Post

    August 17, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Edward P. Murphy is leaving his post as president/CEO of the National Music Publishers' Assn. - NEW YORK -- A strong advocate for songwriters' and music publishers' rights is retiring from the National Music Publishers' Assn. ( ...

  25. Pols Call For Language Updates For Induce Act

    July 26, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Sen. Orrin G. Hatch, R-Utah, vows to pass the Induce Act before the end of Congress this fall. WASHINGTON -- Sen. Orrin G. Hatch, R-Utah, vows to pass the Induce Act before the end of Congress this fall. Speaking at a Senate Judiciary Committee he ...

  26. Music Biz Ponders Sony BMG Structure After EC OKs Merger

    July 26, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Now that the European Commission on July 19 cleared the proposed merger of Sony Music and BMG, approval by the U.S. Federal Trade Commission is the final hurdle before the deal's completion. <br clear Music Biz Ponders Sony BMG Structure A ...

  27. Update: Pols Aim To Pass Induce Act This Fall

    July 22, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Hatch, Leahy call for language suggestions for bill. Sen. Orrin G. Hatch, R-Utah, vows to pass the Induce Act before the end of Congress this fall. Speaking today (July 22) at a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing, Hatch said his bill was meant &qu ...

  28. Industry Eyes On Induce Act Hearing

    July 22, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Mitch Bainwol, chairman/CEO of the RIAA, will be the record-industry witness at the Senate Judiciary Committee hearing today (July 22) on the so-called Induce bill. Mitch Bainwol, chairman/CEO of the RIAA, will be the record-industry witness at th ...

  29. Controversial Induce Act Headed For Hearing

    July 19, 2004 12:00 AM EDT The Senate Judiciary Committee has planned a hearing for July 22 to debate the so-called Induce Act. Meanwhile, RIAA chairman/CEO Mitch Bainwol on July 13 sent a letter of support for the legislation WASHINGTON -- The Senate Judiciary Committee ha ...

  30. Songwriter Sues EMI Pub For Withholding Royalties

    July 19, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Songwriter Giuseppe "Beppe" Canterelli has filed a class-action lawsuit against EMI Music Publishing, alleging that the company engages in unfair business practices by failing to promptly pay out uncl Songwriter Sues EMI Pub For Withhold ...

  31. Hearing Date Decided For Induce Act

    July 15, 2004 12:00 AM EDT The Senate Judiciary Committee announced late tonight (July 15) that it will hold a hearing to examine the so-called Induce Act on July 22 in Room 226 of the Senate Dirksen Office Building. The Senate Judiciary Committee announced late tonight (Ju ...

  32. Controversial Induce Act Headed For Hearing

    July 13, 2004 12:00 AM EDT The Senate Judiciary Committee is poised to announce a hearing to debate the so-called Induce Act. Meanwhile, RIAA chairman/CEO Mitch Bainwol today (July 13) sent a letter of support for the legislati The Senate Judiciary Committee is poised to an ...

  33. Hatch's 'Induce' Bill Spurs Debate Among Industry Groups

    July 12, 2004 12:00 AM EDT The RIAA and recording-artist organizations are disputing claims that the proposed "Inducing Infringement of Copyrights Act" would undermine the Supreme Court's 1984 Sony-Betamax decision on legitimat WASHINGTON, D.C.-The RIAA and r ...

  34. Phil Spector Sues Robert Shapiro Over $1.5M Retainer

    July 12, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Producer Phil Spector has filed suit against his former attorney and longtime friend Robert Shapiro, in an attempt to reclaim a $1.5 million retainer Shapiro took when he represented Spector in his on Phil Spector Sues Robert Shapiro Over $1.5M Re ...

  35. Coalition Decries Copyright Bill

    July 07, 2004 12:00 AM EDT More than 40 consumer electronic, Internet and high-tech companies and groups are urging the Senate Judiciary Committee to take a go-slow approach to legislation that that would allow creative artists More than 40 consumer electronic, Internet and ...

  36. Boucher Bill Raises Ire At House Judiciary Committee

    June 28, 2004 12:00 AM EDT A public shouting match, the likes of which is seldom seen here, is going on between two House of Representatives committees that are of importance to content holders and users. WASHINGTON -- A public shouting match, the likes of which is seldom s ...

  37. Hatch's Induce Act Targets P2P Services

    June 28, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Sen. Orrin G. Hatch, R-Utah, the chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, introduced a late-session bill June 22 that would allow artists and labels to sue peer-to-peer companies that profit from e WASHINGTON -- Sen. Orrin G. Hatch, R-Utah, the ...

  38. Hatch's Induce Act Targets P2P Services

    June 28, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Sen. Orrin G. Hatch, R-Utah, the chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, introduced a late-session bill June 22 that would allow artists and labels to sue peer-to-peer companies that profit from e Hatch's Induce Act Targets P2P Services C ...

  39. Senate OKs PIRATE, ART Acts

    June 25, 2004 12:00 AM EDT The Senate today (June 25) passed two important pieces of anti-piracy legislation that will help federal prosecutors bring copyright-infringement lawsuits that carry both civil and criminal penalties. The Senate today (June 25) passed two importan ...

  40. Copy-Protection Bill Raises Ire In House

    June 24, 2004 12:00 AM EDT In an extraordinary move, the chairman of the House Judiciary Committee and two Judiciary copyright subcommittee leaders have publicly come out in opposition to a bill introduced by a committee member In an extraordinary move, the chairman of the ...

  41. UPDATE: Hatch Introduces Induce Act

    June 22, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Sen. Orrin G. Hatch, R-Utah, the chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, introduced a late-session bill tonight (June 22), nicknamed the Induce Act. The legislation would allow artists and labels Sen. Orrin G. Hatch, R-Utah, the chairman of th ...

  42. New Hatch Bill To Target P2P Services

    June 21, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Legislation goes after 'inducers' of infringement. Sen. Orrin G. Hatch, R-Utah, the outgoing chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, is poised to introduce a late-session bill, the Induce Act, that would designate peer-to-peer servic ...

  43. Lamar Alexander Jumps On PIRATE Act

    May 27, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., declared yesterday (May 26) that he will co-sponsor the pending "Protecting Intellectual Rights Against Theft and Expropriation Act of 2004" (PIRATE Act). Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., declared yesterday ( ...

  44. Corporations Crush Creators

    May 24, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Victim after victim--authors, artists, inventors--have told me the same story over and over again: "My work was stolen. The thief stonewalled me. I went to a lawyer. The lawyer told me it costs too mu Victim after victim--authors, artists, in ...

  45. ClearPlay-Inspired Law Looms

    May 24, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Legislation to end the dispute between moviemakers and a company that makes a DVD player that edits movies for sexual content, foul language and violence could come in two weeks unless the parties mak WASHINGTON (Hollywood Reporter)--Legislation t ...

  46. '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 ...

  47. ClearPlay Hearing In D.C. This Week

    May 17, 2004 12:00 AM EDT The House Subcommittee on Courts, the Internet and Intellectual Property has scheduled a hearing Thursday (May 20) to examine the so-called moral rights issues in a legal dispute between the motion pi WASHINGTON--The House Subcommittee on Courts, ...

  48. 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 ...

  49. 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 ...

  50. U.S. Reps Split On Proposed DMCA Amendment

    May 12, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Federal lawmakers are wrestling with possible reforms to the "fair use" sections of the 1998 Digital Millennium Copyright Act. Federal lawmakers are wrestling with possible reforms to the "fair use" sections of the 1998 Digital ...

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