Digital recording bill offered

Sens. Diane Feinstein (D-Calif.) and Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) late last week offered legislation that would grant new copyright protection for owners of digital sound recordings.

The bill, similar to bill offered in the House of Representatives, would allow diskeries to block broadcasters and cable TV operators from carrying digital transmissions of music if no suitable licensing scheme were reached.

Broadcasters are opposed to the bill, claiming the measure could result in radio stations having to pay millions of dollars each year for access to digitally recorded music.

Hatch said he supports the bill because “for too long, American law has tolerated an irrational discrimination against the creators of sound recordings.”

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