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Hatch Warns Labels, Don't Make Me Come
Over There and Spank You
By Charles C. Mann
Tuesday , July 11 06:47 p.m.
WASHINGTON -- Get on the stick, labels.
That was the message of Republican Senator Orrin G. Hatch to the
recording industry during a remarkable hearing of the Senate
Judiciary Committee on Tuesday. Facing a veritable who's who of the
music-copyright wars, Chairman Hatch threatened -- in surprisingly
direct terms -- to force the music labels and publishers, by
to make their content digitally available for a standard fee if the
record business continued to ensnarl e-music with lawsuits. As a
capper, Hatch suggested that Congress might even go so far as to
offer its own comprehensive definition of ''fair use'' to hasten the
arrival of paid digital music -- an action that would have implications
far beyond music.
"The lawyers won't solve this and the technologist won't solve
this piracy problem," Griffin said. "Anyway, anything that a
41-year-old thinks up, a 14-year-old can undo."