The original plan was to hurry the Inducing Infringment of Copyrights Act (IICA, née INDUCE Act) through Congress without hearings and before anyone paid any attention. As late as ten days ago, a spokesperson for the bill's leading sponsor, Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-UT), said that the Senator would only "schedule a meeting if the chairman [Hatch, chrm of the Senate Judiciary Committee] thinks it's necessary" (Opposition to INDUCE Act (IICA) Getting Mainstream Press - Bill Still Moving Through Senate Quickly). Apparently Sen. Hatch now thinks a meeting is necessary. Perhaps the request of numerous tech companies, civil liberties groups and consumer organizations convinced him (Many Organizations Sign on to Letter Requesting INDUCE Act Hearings).
In any case, hearings have been scheduled on IICA (aka INDUCE Act) for next Thursday, July 22 ("An Examination of S. 2560, The Inducing Infringement of Copyrights Act of 2004 "):
Note that there is no witness list yet. Updates with details when they become known.
July 15, 2004
NOTICE OF HEARING
The Senate Committee on the Judiciary will hold a hearing on Thursday, July 22, 2004, at 2:00 p.m. in Room 226 of the Senate Dirksen Office Building on "An Examination of S. 2560, the Inducing Infringement of Copyrights Act of 2004."
Chairman Hatch will preside.
By order of the Chairman
Want to know more about the INDUCE Act?
Please see LawMeme's well-organized index to everything I've written on the topic: The LawMeme Reader's Guide to Ernie Miller's Guide to the INDUCE Act.