Lawmakers reintroduce copyright bill.

Federal lawmakers yesterday (Jan. 25) reintroduced the Family Entertainment and Copyright Act of 2005, H.R. 357.

The bill has three sections. The Family Movie Act would allow parents to use technology in the home to skip over sections of movies they deem objectionable. The Artists’ Rights and Theft Prevention Act makes it a felony to record a movie in a theater and then distribute it, or to distribute a copyrighted work prior to its release and commercial distribution. The Orphan Works Act gives libraries and archives greater access to works in their last 20 years of copyright protection.

The bill was re-introduced by Sens. Orrin G. Hatch, R-Utah, and Patrick J. Leahy, D-Vt., and in the House by Rep. Lamar S. Smith, R-Texas. A similar package bill passed both houses last year but fell victim to an end-of-session legislation logjam.