(STATEHOUSE) Feb. 28, 2008 - Members of the Indiana House of Representatives came together to protect the identities of classic groups and performers by passing Senate Bill 192. The bill, co-sponsored by Rep. Bruce Borders (R-Jasonville), came before the House on third reading today and passed unanimously with a vote of 98-0.
The bill makes it illegal for a performing or recording group to steal the identity of another group in a live performance or in advertising. SB 192 makes this kind of crime a Class A infraction punishable by a $10,000 fine..
"This bill seeks to protect the legacy of classic musical acts whose names are well known by the public," said Rep. Borders. "When this bill was heard in the Public Policy Committee, Jon Bauman, Bowzer, from the famous group, Sha Na Na, came to testify. He explained the damage that has been done to some of the old greats of the 1950s and 1960s. It is a shame that these musical icons have become the victims of identity theft. This bill will deter this type of identity theft and protect both the musicians and the public who are often fooled by performers using the names of famous acts."
This bill will now move back to the Senate for consent or dissent. If the Senate dissents, the bill will go to conference committee before heading to Governor Daniels to be signed. If successful, the law will be effective July 1, 2008.
For more information on this bill and other issues, Rep. Borders encourages constituents to contact him with questions or concerns through e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org, by calling the Statehouse at 1-800-382-9841 or by writing him at the Statehouse, 200 W. Washington St, Indianapolis, IN 46204.