Cornyn, Feinstein To Introduce Copyright Protections

In: All News   Posted 11/11/2003

WASHINGTON – U.S. Sens. John Cornyn (R-Texas) and Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) will announce the introduction of anti-piracy legislation on Thursday, November 13 at 10:30 a.m. in Room 138 of the Dirksen Senate Office Building. the bill is entitled the Artists’ Rights and Theft Prevention Act (ART Act), and is necessary, Cornyn says, because “copyright piracy is a serious threat not only to the entertainment industry, but also to a U.S. economy struggling to get back on its feet.” Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) President and CEO Jack Valenti, Mitch Bainwol, chairman and CEO of the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA), Matt Serletic, Chairman and CEO of Virgin Records America, actress Bo Derek and others from the entertainment industry will join Sens. Cornyn and Feinstein to unveil the legislation. the Cornyn-Feinstein ART Act will enable copyright holders and law enforcement officials to combat the significant negative economic impact of pre-releases and the use of recording devices in movie theaters. The bill: Creates a federal law protecting artists against the recording and/or transmission of a motion picture release or other audiovisual work in a motion picture facility. Facilitates prosecution of the most egregious violations of copyright – the illegal distribution of pre-release materials before the copyright holder has a chance to get the product to market. Allows copyright owners to pursue appropriate civil remedies by establishing that the illegal distribution of pre-release materials, by definition, cause serious economic harm. Sens. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) and Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) are co-sponsors of the bill.