S.2082 - Playwrights Licensing Relief Act of 2002107th Congress (2001-2002)
Text: S.2082 — 107th Congress (2001-2002)
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Introduced in Senate (04/10/2002)
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[Congressional Bills 107th Congress] [From the U.S. Government Printing Office] [S. 2082 Introduced in Senate (IS)] 107th CONGRESS 2d Session S. 2082 To modify the application of the antitrust laws to permit collective development and implementation of a standard contract form for playwrights for the licensing of their plays. _______________________________________________________________________ IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES April 10, 2002 Mr. Hatch (for himself and Mr. Schumer) introduced the following bill; which was read twice and referred to the Committee on the Judiciary _______________________________________________________________________ A BILL To modify the application of the antitrust laws to permit collective development and implementation of a standard contract form for playwrights for the licensing of their plays. Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE. This Act may be cited as the ``Playwrights Licensing Relief Act of 2002''. SEC. 2. NONAPPLICATION OF ANTITRUST LAWS. (a) In General.--Subject to subsection (c), the antitrust laws shall not apply to any joint discussion, consideration, review, action, or agreement for the express purpose of, and limited to, the development of a standard form contract containing minimum terms of artistic protection and levels of compensation for playwrights by means of-- (1) meetings, discussions, and negotiations between or among playwrights or their representatives and producers or their representatives; or (2) joint or collective voluntary actions for the limited purposes of developing a standard form contract by playwrights or their representatives. (b) Adoption and Implementation.--Subject to subsection (c), the antitrust laws shall not apply to any joint discussion, consideration, review, or action for the express purpose of, and limited to, reaching a collective agreement among playwrights adopting a standard form contract developed pursuant to subsection (a) as the participating playwrights sole and exclusive means by which participating playwrights shall license their plays to producers. (c) Amendment of Contract.--A standard form of contract developed and implemented under subsections (a) and (b) shall be subject to amendment by individual playwrights and producers consistent with the terms of the standard form contract. SEC. 3. DEFINITIONS. In this Act: (1) Antitrust laws.--The term ``antitrust laws'' has the meaning given it in section (a) of the first section of the Clayton Act (15 U.S.C. 12) except that such term includes section 5 of the Federal Trade Commission Act (15 U.S.C. 45) to the extent that such section applies to unfair methods of competition. (2) Playwright.--The term ``playwright'' means the author, composer, or lyricist of a dramatic or musical work intended to be performed on the speaking stage and shall include, where appropriate, the adapter of a work from another medium. (3) Producer.--The term ``producer''-- (A) means any person who obtains the rights to present live stage productions of a play; and (B) includes any person who presents a play as first class performances in major cities, as well as those who present plays in regional and not-for-profit theaters. <all>