H.R. 1201 (109th): Digital Media Consumers’ Rights Act of 2005

Mar 09, 2005 (109th Congress, 2005–2006)
Died (Referred to Committee)
Frederick “Rick” Boucher
Representative for Virginia's 9th congressional district
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Mar 09, 2005
9 pages
Related Bills
H.R. 107 (108th) was a previous version of this bill.

Referred to Committee
Last Action: Jan 07, 2003


This bill was introduced on March 9, 2005, in a previous session of Congress, but was not enacted.

Introduced Mar 09, 2005
Referred to Committee Mar 09, 2005
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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13 cosponsors (9D, 4R) (show)

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Commerce, Manufacturing, and Trade

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Digital Media Consumers' Rights Act of 2005 - 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 measures.
Declares it is not a violation of copyright law, but fair use, to:
(1) circumvent a technological measure in order to obtain access to a work for purposes of making noninfringing use of the work; or
(2) manufacture or distribute a hardware or software product capable of substantial noninfringing uses except in instances of direct infringement.

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