Lamar Smith

  1. SOPA, PIPA Postponed Indefinitely

    January 20, 2012 10:53 AM EST WASHINGTON-Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said Friday he will postpone a vote on online piracy legislation he had scheduled for next week after a storm of protest. Reid, a Democrat, said he was putting off a procedural vote set for Tuesday &quo ...

  2. SOPA Anti-Piracy Controversy Exposes Hollywood-Silicon Valley Divide

    January 19, 2012 9:05 AM EST LOS ANGELES (AP) - In a move that heightens the growing tension between Silicon Valley and Hollywood, Wikipedia and other websites went dark Wednesday in protest of two congressional proposals intended to thwart the online piracy of copyrighted mo ...

  3. SOPA Web Protests: Wikipedia Editors Question Site's Blackout

    January 18, 2012 7:48 AM EST The blackout notice on Wikipedia's site as a protest against the controversial anti-piracy SOPA bill currently before Congress. Some of the site's editors, howevder oppose the site's entry into politics. NEW YORK (AP) - Can the worl ...

  4. Backbeat: Shaila Durcal Treats Anti-Piracy Lawmakers To Recording Session @ Miami's Hit Factory

    November 29, 2011 12:12 PM EST Legislative Session: From left: Gregg Vickers, VP customer marketing, EMI North America; Congressman Lamar singer Smith; singer Shaila Durcal; Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz; and Sergio Lopes, Sr. VP Capitol Latin, at an impromptu recordin ...

  5. Music, Internet Industries React Strongly to 'Protect IP' Bill

    October 27, 2011 2:38 PM EDT As soon as news hit yesterday that the PROTECT IP bill, legislation aimed at shutting down rogue websites, was introduced into the House of Representatives , our inboxes began filling up with statements and commentary from all corners of the music ...

  6. House Online Piracy Bill Gets Strong Reaction From Internet Community

    October 26, 2011 4:25 PM EDT The House version of the PROTECT IP bill, legislation aimed at shutting down rogue websites, got a big reception on the Hill in advance of its introduction late Wednesday. But it may not be the kind of reception that Rep. Lamar Smith, R-Tex. and c ...

  7. Orphan Works Hits Congress

    April 24, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Leading members of the Senate and House Judiciary Committees today introduced legislation that would make more copyrighted works available for licensing even if the copyright owners cannot be found. Under the bills, potential users of these so-cal ...

  8. Congress Cranks Up Campus Piracy Inquiry

    May 02, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Five Congressional leaders yesterday sent letters and surveys to the 20 universities with the highest number of copyright infringement notices for illegal downloading. If the responses show that the universities are not doing enough to prevent pir ...

  9. Smith Drops Copyright Bill

    September 28, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Legislation aimed to reform music licensing laws. Bowing to the inevitable, Rep. Lamar Smith, R-Texas, on Wednesday (Sept. 27) pulled his legislation reforming the nation's music licensing laws from the congressional agenda, saying he didn� ...

  10. Congressman, Jimmy Webb To Be Honored By NMPA

    May 24, 2006 12:00 AM EDT To be presented June 19 in New York City. Congressman Lamar Smith, R-Texas, will be receiving the 2006 NMPA President’s Award. Jimmy Webb will receive the NMPA Influential Songwriter Award. Smith, a long-time champion of music publishers and songw ...

  11. 'Orphan Works' Legislation Introduced In House

    May 23, 2006 12:00 AM EDT U.S. Rep. Lamar Smith, R-Texas, introduced in the House today (May 23) the Orphan Works Act of 2006, which creates new guidelines for use of copyrighted material when the original owner cannot be loca U.S. Rep. Lamar Smith, R-Texas, introduced in ...

  12. Pols Urge College Piracy Probe

    September 27, 2005 12:00 AM EDT A pair of key lawmakers want Congress' investigative arm to examine major colleges and universities' efforts to stop Internet piracy that originates on campuses nationwide. WASHINGTON, D.C. (The Hollywood Reporter) -- A pair of key lawma ...

  13. SESAC Under Fire At Oversight Hearing

    May 17, 2005 12:00 AM EDT SESAC was in the cross hairs of a Congressional oversight hearing panel May 11, as lawmakers responded to complaints from broadcasters that when dealing with performing right organizations (PROs), it' WASHINGTON, D.C. -- SESAC was in the cros ...

  14. SESAC Under Fire

    May 11, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Lawmakers respond to broadcasters' complaints. SESAC was in the cross hairs of a Congressional oversight hearing panel today (May 11), as lawmakers responded to complaints from broadcasters that when dealing with performing right organization ...

  15. MUSIC BIZ MEETS MR. SMITH IN WASHINGTON

    May 04, 2005 12:00 AM EDT The Recording Industry Assn. of America, ASCAP, BMI, the National Music Publishers’ Assn., the Digital Media Assn. and six other music and music-user groups are involved in meetings with Rep. Lamar The Recording Industry Assn. of America, ASCAP, B ...

  16. House Subcommittee OKs Family Movie Act

    July 26, 2004 12:00 AM EDT The House Judiciary Subcommittee on July 21 approved the Family Movie Act in an 18-9 vote. Rep. Lamar Smith (R-Texas) introduced the bill, H.R. 4586, on June 16. It states that movie filtering softwar LOS ANGELES -- The House Judiciary Subcommitte ...

  17. New Bill Would OK Movie Filtering Software

    June 21, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Rep. Lamar Smith (R-Texas) has introduced the Family Movie Act, which states that movie filtering software does not violate copyright law. The Family Movie Act (H.R. 4586), introduced June 16, also sa LOS ANGELES -- Rep. Lamar Smith (R-Texas) has ...

  18. Objectors Slam Monti's Approval Of Sony-BMG Merger

    June 21, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Following word June 17 that European Union Competition Commissioner Mario Monti will recommend approval of the proposed merger of Sony Music and BMG, independent labels, retailers and consumer groups Objectors Slam Monti's Approval Of Sony-BM ...

  19. 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 ...

  20. House Panel Seeks Clarity On ClearPlay

    May 21, 2004 12:00 AM EDT A Congressional House panel is losing patience with <A HREF="http://www.billboard.com/bb/biz/newsroom/legal_management/article_display.jsp?vnu_content_id=1000500644">a fight</A> between Hollywood dire A Congressional House pa ...

  21. House Panel Seeks Clarity On ClearPlay

    May 21, 2004 12:00 AM EDT A Congressional House panel is losing patience with <A HREF="http://www.billboard.com/bb/biz/newsroom/legal_management/article_display.jsp?vnu_content_id=1000500644">a fight</A> between Hollywood dire A Congressional House pa ...

  22. House Passes Intellectual Property Bills

    March 04, 2004 12:00 AM EST The House of Representatives passed two major intellectual property bills yesterday (March 3): the Patent and Trademark Act and the Copyright Royalty and Distribution Reform Act. Both bipartisan bills The House of Representatives passed two major ...

  23. Congress Targeting Piracy, Obscenity Issues

    February 23, 2004 12:00 AM EST Expect a House subcommittee markup within the month of an industry bill that will put the screws to hard-goods pirates and counterfeiters who use state-of-the-art holograms and authentication componen WASHINGTON--Expect a House subcommittee markup ...