S. 2037 (105th): Digital Millennium Copyright Act of 1998


May 6, 1998
105th Congress, 1997–1998

Died in a previous Congress

This bill was introduced in a previous session of Congress and was passed by the Senate on May 14, 1998 but was never passed by the House.


Orrin Hatch

Senator from Utah



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Last Updated: May 14, 1998
Length: 60 pages

About the bill

Full Title

An original bill to amend title 17, United States Code, to implement the WIPO Copyright Treaty and the WIPO Performances and Phonograms Treaty, to provide limitations on copyright liability relating to material online, and for other purposes.

Summary (CRS)

5/14/1998--Passed Senate amended.TABLE OF CONTENTS: TitleI - WIPO Treaties Implementation Title II: Internet Copyright Infringement Liability Title III: Computer Maintenance or Repair Title IV: Ephemeral Recordings; Distance Education; Exemption for ... Read more >

The bill’s title was written by its sponsor.


Apr 30, 1998
Reported by Committee

A committee has issued a report to the full chamber recommending that the bill be considered further. Only about 1 in 4 bills are reported out of committee.

May 6, 1998

This is the first step in the legislative process.

May 14, 1998
Passed Senate

The bill was passed in a vote in the Senate. It goes to the House next.

This is a Senate bill in the United States Congress (indicated by the “S.” in “S. 2037”). A bill must be passed by both the House and Senate in identical form and then be signed by the President to become law.


Committee Assignments

The committee chair determines whether a bill will move past the committee stage.

May 14, 1998 5:51 p.m.
Bill Passed 99/0

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