In response to a request made by the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee, the U.S. Copyright Office is undertaking a study on the interplay between copyright law and consumer products that contain software, including motor vehicles.
Government Affairs News
SEMA-opposed legislation that would have required manufacturers of designated consumer products, including automotive products, to post ingredients on the product label and online on the manufacturer’s website was defeated in the California State Assembly.
The California Air Resources Board (CARB) has proposed revisions to its portable fuel container (PFC) rules.
In an effort to protect U.S. companies against intellectual property theft, the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee passed a bill that enables companies to protect their trade secrets in federal court.
The U.S. House of Representatives’ Intellectual Property Subcommittee held a hearing on a bill that would reduce the length of design patents for automotive crash parts from 14 years to 30 months, including those previously issued.
Thanks to the efforts of Delegate Gary Howell, a West Virginia House Concurrent Resolution (H.C.R. 14) has been introduced to designate the second Friday in July as West Virginia Collector Car Appreciation Day.
SEMA-model legislation that would allow West Virginia’s vehicle hobbyists to install and use aftermarket exhaust systems that meet a 95-decibel limit was reintroduced for the 2016 legislative session.
Legislation has been introduced in the Idaho State Senate to require the issuance of only a single license plate for motor vehicles.
Legislation has been reintroduced in Iowa to require the issuance of only a single license plate for motor vehicles.
A version of SEMA-model legislation that would create a vehicle registration classification for street rods and replica custom vehicles and provide for special license plates for these vehicles was reintroduced in the New Jersey Assembly.
In a conversation with the Maryland State Police, SEMA has learned that legislation to revise the state’s historic vehicle registration requirements is only intended to subject historic vehicles of model-year ’86 and later to equipment-repair orders.
Legislation to subject historic vehicles of model year ’86 and later to undergo periodic safety inspections will be considered by the House Environment and Transportation Committee on January 28, 2016.
The U.S. House of Representatives passed a SEMA-supported bill to reduce burdensome regulations on business owners and job creators.
Participate in the SEMA Washington Rally (Wednesday, May 11) to connect with legislators on Capitol Hill and let them know what matters most to you and your business.
The National Park Service (NPS) has proposed a new plan for regulating off-highway vehicle (OHV) access to the Cape Lookout National Seashore.
As a result of its 2015 Out-of-Cycle Review of Notorious Markets, the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) issued a warning to Alibaba requiring the global e-commerce company take steps to address counterfeiting or face relisting on the Notorious Markets List.
SEMA has created a new website resource to answer basic questions about the new federal law allowing low-volume automakers to sell turn-key replica cars to their customers.
The U.S. House of Representatives passed a tax cut package that would make several SEMA-supported tax credits permanent rather than extending them for one or two years, often retroactively.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is proposing to add crash-avoidance technology and pedestrian protection to its five-star New Car Assessment Program starting in model-year ’19.
The highway transportation bill signed into law by the president includes several provisions covering tires.
It’s a new era for the kit-car industry. President Obama signed into law legislation that will permit low-volume car manufacturers to produce turn-key replica vehicles for customers nationwide.
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued final targets for the amount of ethanol to be blended into gasoline in 2014, 2015 and 2016.
SEMA has created a new website resource to help the motorsports community understand state and federal law governing trailers and tow vehicles.
Performance Racing Industry (PRI) magazine Editor Dan Schechner will moderate a panel of industry experts in a discussion of the current state of land-speed racing.
On the eve of this year’s PRI trade show, SEMA's in-house attorney will provide a plain-language presentation on how to protect the racing industry’s ideas, brands and creative works.