[Videolib] Approval of "Orphan works" legislation

deg farrelly (deg.farrelly@asu.edu)
Tue, 11 Nov 2008 15:50:59 -0700

Chanced on this today...

http://www.arl.org/news/enews/enews-nov08.shtml#7

On September 26, the Senate approved the Shawn Bentley Orphan Works Act of
2008, S. 2913, which would enable the use of copyrighted works without
permission when the owner cannot be found. Prior to passage, the Senate
resolved several contentious issues, including concerns relating to state
sovereign immunity and what constitutes a diligent search. The House failed
to consider the Senate-passed bill. There is a small possibility that orphan
works legislation could be considered during a lame duck session in late
November or early December 2008. More likely, the House and Senate will
reintroduce orphan works legislation once the new Congress convenes in 2009.
S. 2913 is online http://thomas.loc.gov/cgi-bin/bdquery/z?d110:s.02913:.

Thought it might interest other Videolib subscribers.

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