The House Judiciary Committee this week announced a series of new hearings on copyright law and its intention that “[a]fter these initial hearings, the Committee plans to proceed roughly in numerical order through the sections of the Copyright Act.” It is possible that the performance tax debate could be reignited during these proceedings.
Along with this announcement, House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-VA) stated, “Copyright is a fundamental economic principle enshrined in our Constitution. It… is important that the House Judiciary Committee continue our extensive review of U.S. copyright laws to ensure that we continue to incentivize creativity and innovation in the digital age.”
These hearings will continue next Tuesday with one titled, “The Rise of Innovative Business Models: Content Delivery Methods in the Digital Age.” Additional hearings are anticipated on copyright protection, fair use, and notice and takedown provisions.
By Aaron Mercer, Vice President of Government Relations
Published: November 15, 2013