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House Proceeding 06-09-09 on Jun 9th, 2009 :: 1:54:15 to 1:58:55
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Hank Johnson

1:54:02 to 1:54:22( Edit History Discussion )

Hank Johnson: h.r. 2344. the speaker pro tempore: the clerk will report the title of the bill. the clerk: union calendar number 71, h.r. 2344, a bill to amend section 114 of title 17 united states code to provide for agreements for the reproduction and performance of sound recordings by webcasters. the speaker pro tempore: pursuant to the rule, the gentleman from georgia, mr.

Hank Johnson

1:54:15 to 1:58:55( Edit History Discussion )
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Hank Johnson

1:54:23 to 1:54:43( Edit History Discussion )

Hank Johnson: johnson, and the gentleman from california, mr. issa, each will control 20 minutes. the chair recognizes the gentleman from georgia. million johnson: thank you, mr. speaker. i ask unanimous consent that all members may have five legislative days to revise and extend their remarks and also to

Hank Johnson

1:54:44 to 1:55:06( Edit History Discussion )

Hank Johnson: include extraneous material on this bill. i i yield myself such time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, so ordered. mr. johnson: i yield myself such time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. johnson: mr. speaker, the webcaster settlement act of 2009 allows the recording industry and the providers of internet

Hank Johnson

1:55:07 to 1:55:29( Edit History Discussion )

Hank Johnson: radio also known as webcasters to negotiate reasonable royalty rates for the streaming of sound recordings on the internet. while a relatively new technology, the audience for internet radio is growing rapidly. 50 million to 70 million americans listen to internet radio each month in part because

Hank Johnson

1:55:30 to 1:55:50( Edit History Discussion )

Hank Johnson: of the diverse programming available to cater to many different musical tastes. in 1995 congress passed a digital performance right for sound recordings. in 1998 the digital millennium copyright act expanded the right to internet radio services by

Hank Johnson

1:55:51 to 1:56:11( Edit History Discussion )

Hank Johnson: granting them the privilege of using copyrighted music at an industry negotiated rate or in the event industry cannot negotiate a rate at a government mandated rate determined by the copyright royalty board, or c.r.b.

Hank Johnson

1:56:12 to 1:56:33( Edit History Discussion )

Hank Johnson: at the request of the webcasters in 2004, congress enacted the copyright royalty and distribution reform act which authorized the c.b. proceeding to set fair statutory rates for internet radio. accordingly in 2007, the c.r.b.

Hank Johnson

1:56:34 to 1:56:56( Edit History Discussion )

Hank Johnson: announced new statutory royalty rates for sound reportings to be paid by webcasters. the c.r.b.'s decision which sets rates on a minimum fee per song per listener formula would require webcasters to pay significantly higher royalties than they

Hank Johnson

1:56:57 to 1:57:20( Edit History Discussion )

Hank Johnson: a percentage of revenue model. because of concerns that the higher rates are likely to threaten the future of internet radio, congress enacted the webcaster settlement act of 2008. signed into law last october, it allowed for the implementation of royalty fee agreements

Hank Johnson

1:57:21 to 1:57:41( Edit History Discussion )

Hank Johnson: reached on or before beb 15, 2009, between the recording industry and webcasters that would serve as an alternative to the payment scheme s c.r.b. decision. while some webcasters were able to reach consensus with the recording industry, others have not yet reached an agreement.

Hank Johnson

1:57:42 to 1:58:03( Edit History Discussion )

Hank Johnson: enactment of the webcaster settlement act of 2009 will give more parties an opportunity to reach a consensus by allowing them to negotiate alternative rates. and this opportunity to reach consensus will protect the viability of technology enjoyed by millions of americans every day.

Hank Johnson

1:58:04 to 1:58:24( Edit History Discussion )

Hank Johnson: this legislation has the full support of the rel i commend the internet radio and recording industries for substantial progress that has been made in negotiations in recent months. and i encourage them to resolve all outstanding issues promptly

Hank Johnson

1:58:25 to 1:58:47( Edit History Discussion )

Hank Johnson: so that we may see a thriving internet radio industry in the near future. i commend my colleague, jay inslee, of washington for his leadership on this legislation. as well as intellectual property subcommittee chairman howard berman for facilitating discussions between the parties.

Hank Johnson

1:58:48 to 1:58:55( Edit History Discussion )

Hank Johnson: i'd like to also commend judiciary ranking member, mr. lamar smith, for his leadership

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