Rep. Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.), chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, is holding hearings on an overhaul of the Copyright Act. Goodlatte is getting a lot of advice requiring considerable bureaucratic resources. It would be a missed opportunity to focus on the complex and not see the relatively simple reforms to better the lot of creators. Here’s a few ideas that not only could be quickly implemented but also could make a big difference in the lives of music artists and songwriters.
As of November 24, 2003, consumers have been given the right to change providers while keeping their wireless number. Since 2007, consumers have also had the right to "unlock" their wireless device. But the Librarian of Congress recently made a bureaucratic ruling eliminating consumers' right to use their device as they see fit after their contract expires. This Congress is now forced to act to protect the rights of the owners of wireless phones to use them as they choose.
This critical issue affects millions of Americans and ultimately the future of the wireless market.
Today we know cable as that essential amenity in our home that keeps us laughing, captivated and informed. It’s the way in which we learn about diverse cultures and people, whether by watching a novela hoping to learn a bit of Spanish, or by watching the Travel Channel to learn about distant lands. But behind the television screen and numerous reality shows that feature the lives of celebrities here in my home state of California exists an industry that stands for so much more than what we see on TV.