The fight for the future of the Internet has reached a new low in recent weeks as a new round of copyright laws being debated in Congress have failed to gain traction in the Senate.
In response to the Copyright Act of 1976, which gave Americans the right to own, copy, and share copyrighted works, lawmakers in Congress are proposing to codify many of the same copyright protections that the previous Congress passed.
The copyright bill that is now before the Senate Judiciary Committee would create a “fair use” exception that would allow copyrighted works to be used by third parties without paying a fee, even if that use is for a commercial purpose.
It would also allow the creation of digital music libraries that could allow users to listen to and download works without paying for them.
The Fair Use Act is the copyright legislation that gives Americans the ability to freely and privately share their ideas and creations with others.
It protects the rights of creators of all kinds of creative works, including works of literature, music, and video, to the fullest extent permitted by law.
While Congress passed the Fair Use and Copyright Act, it failed to pass any copyright reforms.
The Copyright Office found that the Act had been “fundamentally flawed” in that it did not address the long-standing problems with the way copyright law is administered.
In an opinion issued last year, the Copyright Office stated that the Copyright Acts have “a high degree of uncertainty” regarding the “impact on the economy, competition, innovation, and job creation.”
A bill by Sen. Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., that would have addressed the issue of fair use passed the Senate last year.
The bill, introduced by Blumenthal, was shot down by Democrats on the Judiciary Committee.
“The Senate Judiciary has long been the most important place to examine copyright law,” Blumenthal said.
“And we have been working for years to reform and update the law to reflect the realities of today.
I am pleased that today the Senate is finally ready to do so.”