November 12, 2008
Sen. Johnson participates in signing of legislation to
protect songwriter’s copyrighted works
(NASHVILLE, TN), November 12, 2008 – Local State Senator Jack Johnson (R-Franklin) participated in the signing of legislation that would bolster the efforts of state universities to reduce the illegal trafficking of music and other copyrighted works on school computer networks. The legislation, SB 3974 / HB 3915 was signed by Governor Phil Bredesen at a ceremony on Capitol Hill on Wednesday.
“This legislation works to protect one of Tennessee’s most prized resources, the creativity associated with our music industry,” said Senator Johnson. “University resources should not be abused as gateways for theft and this new law takes a large step forward to prevent this.”
The bill would require each public and private institution of higher education in the state that has student residential computer networks to adopt and reasonably implement a policy defining computer and network usage to prevent theft. It also requires the school to make reasonable efforts to prevent the infringement of copyrighted works over the institution’s computer network services.
“The theft of music has hurt our local songwriting community,” Johnson continued. “When you consider that 20 billion copyrights were obtained through illegal downloading last year, you can understand the impact it has on this industry. I’m pleased that Tennessee is taking the lead in protecting its intellectual property, which is such an important part of the state’s culture, history and economy.”