View Full Version : Orphan Works 2008: House and Senate Bills Introduced

04-25-2008, 07:07 AM
It looks like the bill/s have been introduced - here is a pro-Orphan Works article:

Orphan Works 2008: House and Senate Bills Introduced

Judiciary Leaders Introduce Bipartisan, Bicameral Orphan Works Legislation

From the second link:

What this bill does not do is create a “license to infringe.” In any of the above instances, if the users do not conduct a good faith search for the copyright owner, those users are in the same boat they are in now when it comes to infringement. This bill does not change the basic premise of copyright law: If you use the copyrighted works of others, you must compensate them for it. As an avid photographer, I understand what it means to devote oneself to creative expression, and I applaud anyone with the talent and commitment to make a living doing so.

Another link on the subject:

You can look for (the bill) on THOMAS when it's posted there. I expect it'll be up by tomorrow. (ETA: according to Alex Curtis over at Public Knowledge, the bill numbers you're looking for are S.2913 and H.R. 5889. They have PDFs which you can download, too.)

A discussion of the differences between the 2006 and 2008 bill, which gives credence to the Illustrators Partnerships' worries over the 2006 bill, but allays artists fears about the 2008 bill: