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House Proceeding 12-02-09 on Dec 2nd, 2009 :: 0:11:50 to 0:16:00
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Lamar S. Smith

0:11:48 to 0:12:08( Edit History Discussion )

Lamar S. Smith: service to tens of thousands of satellite consumers. i ask unanimous consent to insert in the record at this point an exchang between myself and the chairman of homeland security committee, bennie thompson. the speaker pro tempore:

Lamar S. Smith

0:11:50 to 0:16:00( Edit History Discussion )
Speech By: Lamar S. Smith

Lamar S. Smith

0:12:09 to 0:12:30( Edit History Discussion )

Lamar S. Smith: without objection. mr to support this important legislation, and i reserve the b the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from texas is recognized. yield myself such time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: without objection.

Lamar S. Smith

0:12:31 to 0:12:51( Edit History Discussion )

Lamar S. Smith: mr. smith: madam speaker, h.r. 3570, the satellite home viewer re-authorization act of 2009, in my judgment is the single most copyright bill congress will consider this year. the legislation combines two separate bills, h.r. 3570, which was introduced by chairman conyers and reported by the judiciary committee on september 16, 2009, and h.r.

Lamar S. Smith

0:12:52 to 0:13:13( Edit History Discussion )

Lamar S. Smith: 2994, which is the energy and commerce committee's related measure that contains amendments to the communications act. the combined bill extends the compulsary license of section requires distant networking to

Lamar S. Smith

0:13:14 to 0:13:35( Edit History Discussion )

Lamar S. Smith: subscribers. there still remains about o million households that will lose such programming if the license is not extended beyond the end of this year, which currently -- when it is currently due to expire. to avoid this outcome, the bill extends the license an additional five years to december 31, 2014.

Lamar S. Smith

0:13:36 to 0:13:56( Edit History Discussion )

Lamar S. Smith: my hopis that this will be the last time congress needs to re-authorize what was originally envisioned to be a temporary license. h.r. 3570 also contains a number of significant amendments to the cable license in section 111 of the copyright act governing the retransmission of both local and distant programming and the

Lamar S. Smith

0:13:57 to 0:14:18( Edit History Discussion )

Lamar S. Smith: local programming license in section 122 that governs the satellite retransmission of local -- into local programming. change to the cable license is the negotiated resolution of the phantom signal liability issue that i appreciate the chairman including in this bill. in fact i commend the chairman, chairman conyers, for his

Lamar S. Smith

0:14:19 to 0:14:39( Edit History Discussion )

Lamar S. Smith: decision to expand this re-authorization beyond the narrow limits of the expiring section 119 provision. while circumstances prevented us from being able to ron out all of the wrinkles from these related licenses, i'm pleased we were able to make substantial improvements and address some f the most urgent concerns. among the elements for which

Lamar S. Smith

0:14:40 to 0:15:00( Edit History Discussion )

Lamar S. Smith: there was bipartisan support to include in this bill are provisions that, one, modernize the license to account digital broadcasting. two, preserve the ability of consumers to continue to receive lifeline network programming. three, make clear that copyright owners are generally entitled to a royalty for each stream of multicast programming.

Lamar S. Smith

0:15:01 to 0:15:22( Edit History Discussion )

Lamar S. Smith: and, four, establish a new right to permit copyright owners to make sure they are being paid royalties they are entitled to. madam speaker, i have strong reservations about the decision to permit dish network to again benefit from section 119's

Lamar S. Smith

0:15:23 to 0:15:44( Edit History Discussion )

Lamar S. Smith: distant signal license in light i want to make sure that more americans can benefit from satellite into local programs. i'm grateful for chairman seriousness of these concerns and his willingness to work with me and chairman berman. the enhanced penalties we've included for any future

Lamar S. Smith

0:15:45 to 0:16:00( Edit History Discussion )

Lamar S. Smith: violation, along with provisions that requires the g.a.o. to audit dish with the compliance with the law and dish to certify its compliance to a district court, reflects substantial improvements from previous versions of the bill. the incorporation of these

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