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H.R.4772: RESPECT Act

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This bill was introduced in the 113th Congress
This bill is primarily about law
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Sponsor George Holding, R-N.C.
Total Cosponsors 17 (9 Democrats, 8 Republicans)
Introduced May 29, 2014
Latest Major Action July 21, 2014
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Bill Summary

Respecting Senior Performers as Essential Cultural Treasures Act or the RESPECT Act - Requires digital music services (certain services providing digital transmissions of music by Internet radio, cable, or satellite) that transmit sound recordings under the statutory license provided under federal copyright law to pay royalties for sound recordings fixed before February 15, 1972, in the same manner as they pay royalties for sound recordings protected by federal copyright that are fixed after such date. (Currently, sound recordings fixed before February 15, 1972, are governed by state laws and are not subject to federal copyright laws that require music services to pay a performance royalty for transmitting such recordings.)

Provides a remedy under which performance royalties for the transmission of such recordings may be recovered in a civil action in federal court if a digital music service fails to make such payments.

Prohibits an infringement action against a tra...

(Source: Congressional Research Service)

Bill Actions

Date Description
July 21, 2014 Referred to the Subcommittee on Courts, Intellectual Property, and the Internet.
May 29, 2014 Referred to the House Committee on the Judiciary.