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Passed House amended (10/07/1998)

Multichannel Video Competition and Consumer Protection Act of 1998 - Amends the Communications Act of 1934 to include direct-to-home satellite services under provisions protecting telecommunications services from piracy.

Prohibits the Copyright Office, before December 31, 1999, from implementing, enforcing, collecting, or awarding copyright royalty fees pursuant to a decision by the Librarian of Congress on October 28, 1997, which established a royalty fee of $.27 per subscriber per month for the retransmission of distant broadcast signals by satellite carriers. Provides that no obligation or liability for copyright royalty fees shall accrue before December 31, 1999, pursuant to that decision.