S.2500 - Performance Rights Act110th Congress (2007-2008)
|Sponsor:||Sen. Leahy, Patrick J. [D-VT] (Introduced 12/18/2007)|
|Committees:||Senate - Judiciary|
|Latest Action:||07/29/2008 Committee on the Judiciary. Hearings held.|
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Summary: S.2500 — 110th Congress (2007-2008)All Bill Information (Except Text)
Introduced in Senate (12/18/2007)
Performance Rights Act - Amends federal copyright law to: (1) grant performers of sound recordings equal rights to compensation from terrestrial broadcasters; (2) establish a flat annual fee in lieu of payment of royalties for individual terrestrial broadcast stations with gross revenues of less than $1.25 million and for non-commercial, public broadcast stations; (3) grant an exemption from royalty payments for broadcasts of religious services and for incidental uses of musical sound recordings; and (4) grant terrestrial broadcast stations that make limited feature uses of sound recordings a per program license option.
Provides that nothing in this Act shall adversely affect the public performance rights or royalties payable to songwriters or copyright owners of musical works.