H.R. 107 (108th): Digital Media Consumers’ Rights Act of 2003

Jan 07, 2003 (108th Congress, 2003–2004)
Died (Referred to Committee)
Frederick “Rick” Boucher
Representative for Virginia's 9th congressional district
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Jan 07, 2003
9 pages
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This bill was introduced on January 7, 2003, in a previous session of Congress, but was not enacted.

Introduced Jan 07, 2003
Referred to Committee Jan 07, 2003
Full Title

To amend the Federal Trade Commission Act to provide that the advertising or sale of a mislabeled copy-protected music disc is an unfair method of competition and an unfair and deceptive act or practice, and for other purposes.


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24 cosponsors (16D, 8R) (show)

House Energy and Commerce

Commerce, Manufacturing, and Trade

House Judiciary

Courts, Intellectual Property, and the Internet

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Digital Media Consumers' Rights Act of 2003 - Amends the Federal Trade Commission Act to prohibit:
(1) introduction into commerce of prerecorded digital music disc products that are mislabeled, or falsely, or deceptively advertised or invoiced; and
(2) removal or mutilation of any label required by either this Act or any rules or regulations prescribed by the Federal Trade Commission before the time a prerecorded digital music disc product is sold and delivered to the ultimate consumer.States that such transactions constitute either an unfair method of competition, or an unfair and deceptive act or practice in commerce.Authorizes the Commission to develop rules and regulations governing such transactions.Amends Federal copyright law to exempt from its prohibitions against circumvention of copyright protection systems any persons acting solely in furtherance of scientific research into technological protection measures.Declares it is not a violation of copyright law, but fair use, to:
(1) circumvent a technological measure in connection with access to, or the use of, a work if such circumvention does not result in an infringement of the copyright in the work; or
(2) manufacture, distribute, or make noninfringing use of a hardware or software product capable of enabling significant noninfringing use of a copyrighted work.

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