Efforts to reform patent laws, over concern about so-called patent trolls and other issues, have been opportunities for effort to extend the Covered Business Method (CBM) patents transitional program. This is also true with the recent...Show More Summary
Recently the House Judiciary Committee voted 24-8 to approve a revised version of the Innovation Act.
“The fact of the matter is we have a Voting Rights Act; it is very strong.” –Rep. Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.), chair of House Judiciary Committee, explaining his opposition to an updated Voting Rights Act. (h/t Zack Roth) … Continue readi...
Programming Note: No Tax Roundup tomorrow. See you Monday! The House Judiciary Committee advanced three bills: The Digital Goods and […]
We first posted about the CODE ACT on June 4, 2015: Two House Judiciary Committee Members Release Draft Legislation to “Modernize” U.S. Copyright Office. The post includes a link to the draft document and other resources. New Today From the American Library Association: Today, American Library Association (ALA) president Courtney Young responded to the introduction […]
WASHINGTON, DC - MARCH 25: Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler testifies before the House Judiciary Committee in the Rayburn House Office Building on Capitol Hill March 25, 2015 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images) The Federal Communication Commission's net neutrality laws went into effect on Friday after a federal [...]
A congressional panel on Thursday approved a bill aimed at deterring frivolous patent lawsuits, but which some critics say undermines the ability to protect new innovations. The U.S. House of Representatives Judiciary Committee, in a 24-8 bipartisan vote, sent the measure to the full House, a move...
Note: We plan to update this roundup post with additional materials and comments/reactions as they become available. Draft legislation/discussion document of The Copyright Office for the Digital Economy (CODE) Act was released by Congresswoman Judy Chu (CA-27) and Congressman Tom Marino (PA-10). Show More Summary
Senate Bill Number 598, which seeks to legalize Assisted Suicide in Rhode Island, will be heard on Thursday, May 28, before the Senate Judiciary Committee. The hearing will be held in Room 313 of the State House and should begin sometime between 4:30 and 5:30 p.m. National proponents of Assisted Suicide are flush with cash […]
During a heated House Judiciary Committee hearing, Rep. Hakeem Jeffries (D-NY) responded sharply to a black conservative sheriff who blamed the African American “underclass subculture” for police violence.
Every wingnut's favorite lawman, Sheriff David Clarke Jr., testified before the House Judiciary committee Tuesday about tensions between the police and the black community. You'll never guess who he blamed for the problems! Clarke criticized...Show More Summary
A group of senior Republicans and Democrats, including key members of the House Judiciary Committee, have introduced the nation's first-ever general federal animal cruelty bill - the Prevent Animal Cruelty and Torture Act. The PACT Act (H.R. Show More Summary
Following their SOPA defeat three years ago, the MPAA, RIAA and ESA are again arguing that registrars need to take action against domains being used for infringing purposes. The groups told the House Judiciary Committee’s Internet subcommittee that dealing with anonymous domain registrations is also an urgent matter. Show More Summary
Delaware's latest attempt to eliminate the death penalty sputtered out Wednesday when a bill abolishing capital punishment failed to clear a House committee. State House Judiciary Committee members voted 6-5 not to send the bill to the full House, The Associated Press reported. Show More Summary
This week the Illinois Senate Judiciary Committee unanimously passed a bill that will ensure that transgender people are respected after death. The bill has already passed the House.
At a recent House Judiciary Committee hearing with the Register of Copyrights, "Fair Play Fair Pay Act" cosponsor Ted Deutch and the MusicFirst Coalition unveiled an infographic that shows how chaotic and arbitrary the current system has become. _______________________ Do I Get Fair Pay When My Music Gets Played On...
The House Judiciary Committee struck a blow against Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell this week. McConnell is trying to force a five-year extension of the Patriot Act, without any revision of the controversial bulk data collection provision. Show More Summary
The House Judiciary Committee has advanced a version of the Freedom Act that limits the government’s surveillance abilities without sweeping reforms. This version of the Act is expected to end the National Security Agency’s bulk data...Show More Summary
On Wednesday afternoon, a subcommittee of the House Judiciary Committee held a hearing on legislation that, if successful, would be a giant step forward for Corporate America and an equally giant step backward for consumers. Rep. Bob Goodlatte has introduced H.R. Show More Summary