Webcasters Slam RIAA And CARP Reform Bill
Calling the passage by voice suspension vote of CARP Reform Legislation Bill HR 1417, "What appears to be another classic case of Chairman James Sensenbrenner abusing his power for the benefit of the Recording Industry," Las Vegas-based Webcaster Alliance today renewed its call for an ethics investigation into the House Judiciary Committee Chairman and his ties to the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA).
"We welcome reforming the existing Copyright Arbitration Royalty Panel," said Ann Gabriel, President of Webcaster Alliance. "What we find disturbing," Ms. Gabriel continues, "is the RIAA sitting on the sidelines waiting to manipulate any piece of legislation to increase protection for its monopolistic stranglehold."
Webcaster Alliance's latest concern stems from language specifically designed to expand the narrow and limited antitrust exemption the RIAA currently enjoys; language that was slipped in and buried as a "technical amendment" in the recently passed bill. In late November of 2003, the RIAA placed similar language in a bill introduced on the Senate side, the Enhancing Federal Obscenity Reporting and Copyright Enforcement Act (the EnFORCE Act), and sponsored by Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Orrin Hatch.
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