The Digital Millennium Copyright Act of 1998

On October 28, 1998 President Clinton signed into law the most extensive changes to copyright law since the present Copyright Act was enacted in 1976.  Originally introduced as a set of changes required to implement the WIPO Copyright Treaty and the WIPO Performances and Phongrams Treaty, the Digital Millennium Copyright Act grew to include provisions on copyright infringement liability for online service providers, webcasting, assumption of contractual obligations under collective bargaining agreements in the motion picture industry, design protection, and a number of other subjects.

Click here for a summary (in PDF format) of the bill's provisions that I wrote for the Copyright Office.


Conference and Final Passage

Digital Millennium Copyright Act (Public Law 105-304)

Floor Statements and Extensions of Remarks on Final Passage

Rep. Berman (11/12/98)  [TEXT]  [PDF]
Sen. Leahy (10/20/98)  [TEXT]  [PDF]
Rep. Tauzin (10/13/98)  [TEXT]  [PDF]
Rep. Morella (10/13/98)  [TEXT]  [PDF]
Rep. Bliley (10/13/98)  [TEXT]  [PDF]
Debate on House Passage of Conf. Rpt. (10/12/98)  [TEXT]  [PDF]
Rep. Boucher (10/12/98)  [TEXT]  [PDF]
Rep. Bliley (10/12/98)  [TEXT]  [PDF]
Sen. Hatch (10/12/98)  [TEXT]  [PDF]
Debate on Senate Passage of Conf. Rpt. (10/8/98)  [TEXT]  [PDF]

Conference Report (H. Rep. 105-796)

House Passage of H.R. 2281

Floor Statements and Extensions of Remarks on House Passage of H.R. 2281

Debate on House Passage of H.R. 2281 (8/4/98)  [TEXT]  [PDF]
Rep. Tauzin (8/4/98)  [TEXT]  [PDF]
Sen. Ashcroft (9/3/98)  [TEXT]  [PDF]

Manager's Statement in House

House Commerce Committee Report (H. Rep. 105-551 part 2)

House Judiciary Committee Report (H. Rep. 105-551 part 1)

Statement of Rep. Coble (6/23/98)  [TEXT]  [PDF]

Senate Passage of S. 2037

Floor Statements and Extensions of Remarks on Senate Passage of S. 2037

Debate on Senate Passage of S. 2037 (5/14/98)  [TEXT]  [PDF]
Sen. Kyl (5/15/98)  [TEXT]  [PDF]

Senate Judiciary Committee Report for S. 2037 (S. Rep. 105-190)

Last revision:  11/04/99

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