by Shana Dines
Back in February, we reported on the progress of the Performance Rights Act (H.R.4789, S.2500) in a three-part series of articles. Part 1 provided the background of the bill, Part 2 explained the changes it would make to existing law, and Part 3 discussed the arguments for and against the bill.
On June 11, 2008, hearings on the Performance Rights Act were held in the House Judiciary Committee's Subcommittee on the Courts, the Internet, and Intellectual Property and on June 26, the subcommittee voted on and passed the bill. Next is consideration by the full Judiciary Committee and, if approved, the bill will move on to the House of Representatives.
However, before the Performance Rights Act was proposed on Dec. 18, 2007, a Concurrent Resolution Supporting the Local Radio Freedom Act had been introduced in the House of Representatives on Oct. 31, 2007 that, if passed, would nullify the P.R.A.'s intended changes.