Posted on February 2, 2005
WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander (R-TN), chairman of the Congressional Songwriters' Caucus and a member of the congressional Anti-piracy Caucus, announced that the Senate has unanimously approved the Family Entertainment and Copyright Act of 2005 to help combat theft of copyrighted material. Alexander is a co-sponsor of the legislation. "Artists shouldn't have to compete with piracy to be the first one to release their music or movies to the public," said Alexander upon passage of the bill. "Tennessee is at the center of the music industry. Tennessee has one of the largest concentrations of musical performers, writers, and publishers in the country if not the world. Protecting intellectual property allows the music industry to continue supplying thousands of jobs as well as countless hours of enjoyment and entertainment." The bill contains several provisions related to the protection of intellectual property including, creating criminal penalties for unauthorized recording of movies in a movie theater and creating penalties for those who infringe on the copyright of a product that has not been distributed. Manufacturers of devices that edit explicit material from movies designed for home viewing are exempt in the legislation. Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-UT) introduced the bill in the Senate.