Big Music Seeks to Revise Compulsory License
This story has been updated. Original CopyCense coverage: June 8, 2006
“Are Congress and the music publishing business trying to pull a fast one on U.S. consumers? As usual, it depends on who you ask. The new Section 115 Reform Act (SIRA) of 2006 is scheduled for markup tomorrow, and the EFF is sounding the alarm.
“It’s worth pointing out that Cary Sherman, head of the RIAA, appeared before the House Committee on the Judiciary a few weeks back to express his organization’s opposition to the new bill, which seeks to make the licensing of online music simpler. If the RIAA opposes it, surely the law can’t be all bad?
“The law would amend Section 115 of title 17, United States Code—the section that covers ‘compulsory licenses.’ The new SIRA law is an attempt to update the compulsory licensing scheme to clear up uncertainties in the way that some music download and streaming services operate, and to make it easier for them to get licenses to operate. The bill has little to do with consumers at all. A quick glance over the Congressional testimony at last month’s hearing on the bill shows that the matter is largely of interest to the various businesses involved in music publication and sales, and testimony concentrates mainly on how the bill would affect the licensing and control of music among industry players.”
Ars Technica. Will “Fair Use” Be Fundamentally Redefined This Week? June 6, 2006.
Related Stories & Documents:
- EFF Deep Links. Season of Bad Laws, Part 4: Music Services Sell Out Fair Use. June 4, 2006.
- U.S. House of Representatives. Section 115 Reform Act. (.pdf) Undated.
- Anne Broache. House Panel OKs Digital Licensing Bill. News.com. June 8, 2006.
- American Association of Law Libraries, et al. Open letter to Rep. Lamar Smith and Rep. Howard Berman from 19 organizations expressing concern about Section 115 amendment proposal. (.pdf) June 6, 2006.
- Natali T. Del Conte. Copyright Law Faces New Test On Thursday. PCMag.com. June 7, 2006.
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