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H.R. 1551: Orrin G. Hatch-Bob Goodlatte Music Modernization Act

An Act to modernize copyright law, and for other purposes.

Sponsor and status

Tom Rice

Sponsor. Representative for South Carolina's 7th congressional district. Republican.

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Last Updated: Sep 27, 2018
Length: 66 pages

Mar 15, 2017
115th Congress, 2017–2019


Enacted — Signed by the President on Oct 11, 2018

This bill was enacted after being signed by the President on October 11, 2018.


Pub.L. 115-264

What stakeholders are saying

Institute for Spending Reform: estimates new spending due to H.R. 1551 will be negligible.

Incorporated legislation

This bill incorporates provisions from:

S. 2823: Music Modernization Act

Ordered Reported on Jun 28, 2018. 96% incorporated. (compare text)

H.R. 5447: Music Modernization Act

Passed House (Senate next) on Apr 25, 2018. 90% incorporated. (compare text)

S. 2334: Music Modernization Act of 2018

Introduced on Jan 24, 2018. 80% incorporated. (compare text)

H.R. 4706: Music Modernization Act of 2017

Introduced on Dec 21, 2017. 80% incorporated. (compare text)

S. 2625: AMP Act

Introduced on Mar 22, 2018. 74% incorporated. (compare text)

H.R. 881: AMP Act

Introduced on Feb 6, 2017. 49% incorporated. (compare text)


Mar 15, 2017

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Jun 15, 2017
Ordered Reported

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Jun 20, 2017
Passed House (Senate next)

The bill was passed in a vote in the House. It goes to the Senate next. The vote was by voice vote so no record of individual votes was made.

Jun 20, 2017
Reported by House Committee on Ways and Means

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Sep 18, 2018
Passed Senate with Changes (back to House)

The Senate passed the bill with changes not in the House version and sent it back to the House to approve the changes. The vote was by Voice Vote so no record of individual votes was made.

Sep 21, 2018
On House Schedule

The House indicated that this bill would be considered in the week ahead.

Sep 25, 2018
House Agreed to Changes

The bill was passed by both chambers in identical form. It goes to the President next who may sign or veto the bill. The vote was without objection so no record of individual votes was made.

Oct 11, 2018
Enacted — Signed by the President

The President signed the bill and it became law.

H.R. 1551 is a bill in the United States Congress.

A bill must be passed by both the House and Senate in identical form and then be signed by the President to become law.

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