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  1. Conservative Pushed As FCC Candidate

    May 03, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Brownback asks President to consider former aide. Sen. Sam Brownback, R-Kan. urged the Bush White House to appoint former staffer Howard Waltzman as a FCC commissioner, in a press announcement released April 29. Waltzman was a member of Brownback& ...

  2. 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 ...

  3. Cal. Senator Says Production Bill 'Best Attempt' At Solution

    April 26, 2005 12:00 AM EDT An amendment to Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's planned California production incentive was released suddenly and quietly, confusing even some of those in the Hollywood community who are helping to draft (The Hollywood Reporter) -- An amendment ...

  4. 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 ...

  5. House Passes Family Entertainment Act

    April 19, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Bill awaits presidential approval. The U.S. House of Representatives today (April 19) passed the Family Entertainment and Copyright Act. Among other measures, the bill authorizes civil remedies for infringement of a sound recording or movie being ...

  6. House Vote On FECA To Bring Closure

    April 19, 2005 12:00 AM EDT After a legislative brawl that spanned two Congresses, the Family Entertainment and Copyright Act appears to be on its way to the president's desk for his signature. WASHINGTON, D.C. (The Hollywood Reporter) -- After a legislative brawl that ...

  7. Bill Would Apply Indecency Fines To Cable, Satellite

    March 22, 2005 12:00 AM EST In a Senate bill introduced March 14, federal lawmakers dropped the indecency bomb on cable and satellite radio and TV. They have also set their sights on curbing violent programming on all TV service WASHINGTON, D.C. -- In a Senate bill introduce ...

  8. Kevin Martin Named FCC Chairman

    March 22, 2005 12:00 AM EST The Bush administration has announced that it has picked Kevin J. Martin to be the next chairman of the Federal Communications Commission. Under congressional rules, since the Republican Martin has be WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The Bush administration ha ...

  9. Kevin Martin Named FCC Chairman

    March 16, 2005 12:00 AM EST Republican replaces Michael Powell. The Bush administration has announced that it has picked Kevin J. Martin to be the next chairman of the Federal Communications Commission. Under congressional rules, since the Republican Martin has been a sittin ...

  10. Bill Would Apply Indecency Fines To Cable, Satellite

    March 15, 2005 12:00 AM EST Legislation also aims to curb violent programming. In a Senate bill introduced March 14, federal lawmakers dropped the indecency bomb on cable and satellite radio and TV. They've also set their sights on curbing violent programming on all TV ...

  11. Cheers, Tears For Powell As He Exits FCC

    March 15, 2005 12:00 AM EST Federal Communications Commission chairman Michael Powell thought it would be easy, but in the end saying goodbye to the government agency he's served for seven years was anything but. Without much su WASHINGTON, D.C. (The Hollywood Reporter) ...

  12. Broadcast Indecency Legislation Introduced

    March 15, 2005 12:00 AM EST Sen. Ted Stevens, R-Alaska, told reporters on March 11 that he plans to introduce legislation that would require premium cable TV stations and satellite radio outlets to offer subscribers the same con WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Sen. Ted Stevens, R-Alaska ...

  13. House Panel OKs Pair Of Biz Bills

    March 15, 2005 12:00 AM EST A pair of bills, one long sought by Hollywood and the other long reviled by the industry, could soon be on the way to the president's desk for his signature as a single measure. WASHINGTON, D.C. (The Hollywood Reporter) -- A pair of bills, on ...

  14. Broadcast Indecency Legislation Planned

    March 11, 2005 12:00 AM EST Sen. Ted Stevens, R-Alaska, told reporters today (March 11) that he plans to introduce legislation that would require premium cable TV stations and satellite radio outlets to offer subscribers the sam Sen. Ted Stevens, R-Alaska, told reporters tod ...

  15. Family Entertainment Bill Clears House Hurdle

    March 08, 2005 12:00 AM EST A Senate-passed legislative package that would protect sound recordings and film works cleared a key House subcommittee on March 3. WASHINGTON, D.C. -- A Senate-passed legislative package that would protect sound recordings and film works cleared ...

  16. Family Entertainment Bill Clears House Hurdle

    March 04, 2005 12:00 AM EST Music/film legislation heads to full committee. A Senate-passed legislative package that would protect sound recordings and film works cleared a key House subcommittee on March 3. The House Judiciary Committee's Subcommittee on the Courts, th ...

  17. House Passes Indecency Bill

    February 22, 2005 12:00 AM EST In an overwhelming bipartisan show of support for tougher indecency penalties, the House of Representatives on Feb. 16 passed a modified Broadcast Decency Enforcement Act, by a vote of 389-38. It now WASHINGTON, D.C. -- In an overwhelming bipartis ...

  18. House Passes Indecency Bill

    February 16, 2005 12:00 AM EST Measure revises fines for performers. In an overwhleming bipartisan show of support for tougher indecency penalties, the House of Representatives today (Feb. 16) passed a modified Broadcast Decency Enforcement Act, by a vote of 389-38. It now goes ...

  19. House Committee Passes Indecency Bill

    February 15, 2005 12:00 AM EST Indecency legislation that would authorize $500,000 fines for broadcast licensees and performers, as well as license-revocation hearings for repeat violators, gained momentum in the House Feb. 8. WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Indecency legislation that woul ...

  20. House Committee Passes Indecency Bill

    February 09, 2005 12:00 AM EST NAB, RIAA fight proposed fine for 'individuals.' Indecency legislation that would authorize $500,000 fines for broadcast licensees and performers, as well as license-revocation hearings for repeat violators, gained momentum in the House ...

  21. Senate OKs Family Entertainment Act

    February 08, 2005 12:00 AM EST In a surprisingly swift action, the Senate Feb. 1 passed the Family Entertainment and Copyright Act. It now goes to the House, where there is a companion bill, for expected quick approval. WASHINGTON, D.C. -- In a surprisingly swift action, the Se ...

  22. Senate Passes Family Entertainment Act

    February 02, 2005 12:00 AM EST Bill penalizes copyright infringers. In a surprisingly swift action, the Senate yesterday (Feb. 1) passed the Family Entertainment and Copyright Act. It now goes to the House, where there is a companion bill, for expected quick approval. The bills ...

  23. Execs Hope For Fast Break On Camcord Law

    January 11, 2005 12:00 AM EST Some entertainment industry executives are pushing for quick consideration in the new Congress of new copyright laws, including one that would make it a crime to camcord a movie. WASHINGTON, D.C. (The Hollywood Reporter) -- Some entertainment indu ...

  24. Czech Amendment Threatens Performance Royalties From Hotels

    December 21, 2004 12:00 AM EST A proposed amendment to the Czech Republic's Copyright Act concerning music performances in hotels has angered collecting societies, which fear substantial revenue losses. PRAGUE -- A proposed amendment to the Czech Republic's Copyright ...

  25. 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., ...

  26. 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 ...

  27. 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 ...

  28. 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 ...

  29. Petition Asks FCC For Satellite Indecency Regulation

    November 30, 2004 12:00 AM EST With envelope-pushing air talent like Howard Stern and Opie & Anthony flocking to the less-restricted refuge of satellite radio, could the Federal Communications Commission be far behind? NEW YORK -- With envelope-pushing air talent like H ...

  30. Congress Passes CARP Reform Act

    November 23, 2004 12:00 AM EST The Copyright Royalty and Distribution Reform Act of 2004, the only major piece of copyright legislation to emerge from the 108th Congress, is on its way to the White House for the President's signatu WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The Copyright Royalty ...

  31. House Passes CARP Reform Act

    November 22, 2004 12:00 AM EST The Copyright Royalty and Distribution Reform Act of 2004, the only major piece of copyright legislation to emerge from the 108th Congress, is on its way to the White House for the President's signatu The Copyright Royalty and Distribution Re ...

  32. 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- ...

  33. 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 ...

  34. Elections And FCC: Expect "Ramp Up" On Indecency

    November 09, 2004 12:00 AM EST The re-election of President George W. Bush, coupled with the return of Sen. Sam Brownback (R-Kan.), signal to some Federal Communications Commission staffers that there will be a "ramp up" on the ind The re-election of President George ...

  35. 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 ...

  36. 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 ...

  37. 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 ...

  38. Elections And FCC: Expect 'Ramp Up' On Indecency

    November 03, 2004 12:00 AM EST The re-election of President George W. Bush, coupled with the return of Sen. Sam Brownback (R-Kan.), signal to some FCC staffers that there will be a "ramp up" on the indecency issue, resulting in mor The re-election of President George ...

  39. CARP Reform Bill Passes In Senate

    October 12, 2004 12:00 AM EDT The Senate passed on Oct. 6 the Copyright Royalty and Distribution Reform Act of 2004. WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The Senate passed on Oct. 6 the Copyright Royalty and Distribution Reform Act of 2004. The bill, H.R. 1417, which has already passed in the ...

  40. FCC's Powell Makes DTV Pitch

    October 12, 2004 12:00 AM EDT The Federal Communications Commission is injecting itself into another NFL halftime show, only this time it's not cracking down on a "wardrobe malfunction," but is attempting to sell the nation on dig WASHINGTON ( The Hollywood Repo ...

  41. Satellite-TV Broadcast Bill Clears House Hurdle

    October 12, 2004 12:00 AM EDT The House approved legislation Oct. 6 that allows DirecTV, EchoStar and other satellite TV companies to rebroadcast network programming. WASHINGTON, D.C. ( The Hollywood Reporter ) -- The House approved legislation Oct. 6 that allows DirecTV, Echo ...

  42. 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 ...

  43. CARP Reform Bill Passes In Senate

    October 06, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Act would replace judges with full-time panel. The Senate today (Oct. 6) passed the Copyright Royalty and Distribution Reform Act of 2004. The bill, H.R. 1417, which has already passed in the House, provides a much-needed overhaul of the Copyright ...

  44. Lawmakers OK Indecency Bill

    October 06, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Legislation sets highest fines ever. Federal lawmakers have agreed on a provision that would establish the highest fines ever for broadcasters who violate the Federal Communications Commission standards for indecency. The top fine would be $500,00 ...

  45. House OKs Anti-Piracy Act

    October 05, 2004 12:00 AM EDT The House of Representatives on Sept. 28 passed the Piracy Deterrence and Education Act of 2004, considered one of the most important pieces of anti-piracy legislation to be approved by the 108th Cong WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The House of Representativ ...

  46. House OKs Anti-Piracy Act

    September 28, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Bill calls for felony prosecution of uploaders. The House of Representatives this afternoon (Sept. 28) passed the Piracy Deterrence and Education Act of 2004, considered one of the most important pieces of anti-piracy legislation to be approved by ...

  47. 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 ...

  48. 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 ...

  49. House Wants FCC To Fine On-Air Talent

    September 28, 2004 12:00 AM EDT The chairman of the House Energy Committee is pushing to broaden the terms of the pending indecency bill to include fines against individuals. WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The chairman of the House Energy Committee is pushing to broaden the terms of the pe ...

  50. 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 ...

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