Federal - S 2559

A bill to amend title 17, United States Code, to implement the Marrakesh Treaty, and for other purposes.

Introduced

March 15, 2018

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A bill to amend title 17, United States Code, to implement the Marrakesh Treaty, and for other purposes.

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Original Sponsor 1

Co-Sponsors 13

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  • June 13, 2018 — Additional cosponsor(s): 1

    Casey, (D-Pa.)
  • June 4, 2018 — Report to accompany the bill reported to the Senate by the Senate Judiciary Committee. S Rept 115-261Congressional Record p. S2968

  • June 4, 2018 — Additional cosponsor(s): 1

    Murray, (D-Wash.)
  • May 21, 2018 — Additional cosponsor(s): 2

    Bennet, (D-Colo.)Coons, (D-Del.)
  • May 15, 2018 — Reported to the Senate without a written report by the Senate Judiciary Committee and placed on the Senate Legislative Calendar. Congressional Record p. S2678

  • May 10, 2018 — Full committee consideration and markup held by the Senate Judiciary Committee.

    May 10, 2018 — Committee Vote: Marrakesh Treaty Implementation — Vote to Report

    Implement the Marrakesh Treaty by expanding a copyright exemption to cover all literary works and published musical works in the form of text or notation that are reproduced in accessible formats such as braille, large print and audio for use by blind and disabled persons.

    The bill would specify that eligible persons, or users, of the copyright-exempt materials are blind, have a visual impairment, perceptual or reading disability, are unable to read, or are unable because of physical disability to manipulate a book or focus or move eyes.

    It would allow for the export and import of literary and published musical works that are reproduced in accessible formats by authorized entities such as libraries and eligible persons located in a country that is a party to the Marrakesh Treaty.

    The bill would require authorized entities engaged in the export and import of literary and published musical works in accessible formats to take steps to limit use to eligible persons and authorized entities, discourage unauthorized copies and keep records of certain transactions while respecting the privacy of eligible persons.

    It would make clear that the measure does not establish a cause of action for lawsuits or a basis for regulation by any federal agency.

    Implement the Marrakesh Treaty by expanding a copyright exemption to cover all literary works and published musical works in the form of text or notation that are reproduced in accessible formats such as braille, large print and audio for use by blind and disabled persons.

    The bill would specify that eligible persons, or users, of the copyright-exempt materials are blind, have a visual impairment, perceptual or reading disability, are unable to read, or are unable because of physical disability to manipulate a book or focus or move eyes.

    It would allow for the export and import of literary and published musical works that are reproduced in accessible formats by authorized entities such as libraries and eligible persons located in a country that is a party to the Marrakesh Treaty.

    The bill would require authorized entities engaged in the export and import of literary and published musical works in accessible formats to take steps to limit use to eligible persons and authorized entities, discourage unauthorized copies and keep records of certain transactions while respecting the privacy of eligible persons.

    It would make clear that the measure does not establish a cause of action for lawsuits or a basis for regulation by any federal agency.

    Ordered reported favorably to the full Senate 20-0.
  • May 9, 2018 — Additional cosponsor(s): 3

    Durbin, (D-Ill.)Kennedy, John (R-La.)Klobuchar, (D-Minn.)
  • April 26, 2018Consideration and markup deferred by the Senate Judiciary Committee.

  • March 15, 2018 — Original cosponsor(s): 6

    Corker, (R-Tenn.)Harris, K. (D-Calif.)Leahy, (D-Vt.)
    Feinstein, (D-Calif.)Hatch, (R-Utah)Menendez, (D-N.J.)
  • March 15, 2018 — Read twice and referred to: Senate Judiciary.Congressional Record p. S1765