Digital Music Hearing on Capitol Hill

Posted in News on March 31, 2001

The United States Senate's Committee on the Judiciary held a hearing on Tuesday, April 3, 2001 titled: "Online Entertainment and Copyright Law: Coming Soon to a Digital Device Near You". It was an issue-oriented hearing, where the subject of Napster and the future of digital music were discussed. Senator Orrin Hatch (R-UT) presided. No specific legislation has been introduced or was discussed at the hearing. BMI submitted a statement to the committee on this issue. The statements of those who testified at the hearing, including BMI songwriter Don Henley, who testified on behalf of the Recording Artists Coalition, are available at the Judiciary Committee's website:

BMI believes that the traditional rights of copyright owners apply undiluted, on the Internet, and continues to support the rights of all creators.