Förderverein Informationstechnik und Gesellschaft
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 legislation, 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.