The second session of the 108th Congress will be a short one. Congress has only about three weeks left to wrap up its entire legislative calendar. This includes top priorities such as deliberations on appropriations. Other Top Stories:
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A spokeswoman for California Sen. Kevin Murray, D-Culver City, says a committee in the Assembly may hold a hearing on his anti-piracy bill, SB 1506, in June. The Senate passed the bill in a 33-0 vote on May 24.
The enactment of Italy's "Decreto Urbani" (Urbani decree) on copyright was greeted by a hackers' revolt on May 24. The decree, named after its sponsor, culture minister Giuliano Urbani, imposes stiff sanctions on illegal file-sharers.
Representatives from member states of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) met May 10-14 in Geneva to discuss future directions to harmonize patent law. The Standing Committee on the Law of Patents (SCP) used its regular forum to review provisions of a draft Substantive Patent Law Treaty (SPLT).
The International Federation of the Phonographic Industry (IFPI) has updated its 1-year-old anti-piracy Web site, http://www.pro-music.org. The site now features what is believed to be the first comprehensive directory of authorized music sites from around the world.
Short Session Could Hold Up Industry Bills.
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