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 Decade: 2000-2009
 Year: 2005
 Collection: Congressional Research Service Reports
Copyright Law: Digital Rights Management Legislation in the 107th and 108th Congresses

Copyright Law: Digital Rights Management Legislation in the 107th and 108th Congresses

Date: January 5, 2005
Creator: Jeweler, Robin
Description: Digital Rights Management (DRM) refers to the technology that copyright owners use to protect digital media. This report surveys several of the DRM bills that were introduced in the 107th and 108th Congresses. Generally, the bills are directed at two separate goals. One goal is to increase access to digitally-protected media for lawful purposes. The other attempts to thwart digital piracy and would do so by enhancing civil and criminal sanctions for digital (and traditional) copyright infringement and educating the public about the rights of copyright holders.
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Spyware: Background and Policy Issues for Congress

Spyware: Background and Policy Issues for Congress

Date: January 26, 2005
Creator: Smith, Marcia S
Description: None
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The Pros and Cons of Allowing the Federal Government to Negotiate Prescription Drug Prices

The Pros and Cons of Allowing the Federal Government to Negotiate Prescription Drug Prices

Date: February 18, 2005
Creator: Hahn, Jim
Description: None
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Identity Theft:  The Internet Connection

Identity Theft: The Internet Connection

Date: March 16, 2005
Creator: Smith, Marcia S
Description: None
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Beneficiary Information and Decision Supports for the Medicare-Endorsed Prescription Drug Discount Card

Beneficiary Information and Decision Supports for the Medicare-Endorsed Prescription Drug Discount Card

Date: March 24, 2005
Creator: Justice, Diane
Description: On December 8, 2003 the President signed into law the Medicare Prescription Drug, Improvement and Modernization Act of 2003 (MMA, P.L. 108-173). This legislation establishes a Medicare prescription drug benefit, effective January 1, 2006. In the interim, the legislation requires the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to establish a temporary program of Medicare-endorsed prescription drug discount cards. This report discusses the objectives and benefits of this legislation.
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Payday Loans: Federal Regulatory Initiatives

Payday Loans: Federal Regulatory Initiatives

Date: May 23, 2005
Creator: Smale, Pauline
Description: None
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Products Liability: A Legal Overview

Products Liability: A Legal Overview

Date: June 3, 2005
Creator: Cohen, Henry & Brooks, Nathan
Description: None
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Farm Product "Check-Off" Programs: A Constitutional Analysis

Farm Product "Check-Off" Programs: A Constitutional Analysis

Date: June 21, 2005
Creator: Vina, Stephen R
Description: This report begins with a brief introduction to check-off programs and then describes many of the First Amendment principles that have been discussed in checkoff cases. Next is an analysis of the first two challenges that reached the Supreme Court, as well as a brief discussion of subsequent lower court decisions. This report concludes with a discussion of Johanns v. Livestock Marketing Association and its possible implications for check-off programs.
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Spyware: Background and Policy Issues for Congress

Spyware: Background and Policy Issues for Congress

Date: October 25, 2005
Creator: Smith, Marcia S
Description: None
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Products Liability: A Legal Overview

Products Liability: A Legal Overview

Date: October 28, 2005
Creator: Cohen, Henry
Description: None
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State Securities Class Action Suits: Merrill Lynch, Pierce, Fenner

State Securities Class Action Suits: Merrill Lynch, Pierce, Fenner

Date: November 1, 2005
Creator: Seitzinger, Michael V
Description: None
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Credit Card Minimum Payments

Credit Card Minimum Payments

Date: December 21, 2005
Creator: Smale, Pauline
Description: Recently, credit card issuers began adjusting their minimum payment formulas, raising the amount of the required monthly payment. Congress has focused on the need to increase consumer awareness of the financial jeopardy that can result from paying only the required minimum. This report provides an overview of the issues and congressional action. It will be updated as events warrant.
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