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H.R.5889 Orphan Works Act of 2008, 110th Congress

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  • Latest Action: May 07, 2008 Forwarded by Subcommittee to Full Committee (Amended) by Voice Vote .

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  • Committee Assignment: House Committee on the Judiciary

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  • Committee Assignment: House Committee on the Judiciary - Courts, Intellectual Property, and the Internet

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  • 21% of users support H.R.5889

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    OpenCongress Bill Summary

    • This bill would limit the amount of damages a copyright holder could collect from an infringer of an orphan work if the infringer performed a diligent search for the copyright holder before using their work. The goal of the legislation is to free up for reuse copyrighted works whose holders cannot be found. It would also set up a process for the Copyright Office to certify commercially-produced visual registries to help people locate the holder of a copyright and prevent the orphaning of works in the future.

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      Here's a summary from OpenCongress.org: This bill would limit the amount of damages a copyright holder could collect from an infringer of an orphan work if the infringer performed a diligent search for the copyright holder before using their work. The goal of the legislation is to free up for reuse copyrighted works whose holders cannot be found. It would also set up a process for the Copyright Office to certify commercially-produced visual registries to help people locate the holder of a copyright and prevent the orphaning of works in the future.

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    Highest Rated User Comments

    • On June 04, 2008, by Anonymous - Isn't it funny how music is getting huge, sledgehammer like protection in HR 4279 and visual art is getting devalued and made worthless by this bill, HR 5889? Music must just be soo much more valuable. It's all about the corporate interests. Artists need to band together for our own protection and fight this dangerous bill. I'm an art student, and while I will never stop making art I'm worried I'll be unable to make a living at it. It's never been easy to be an artist without this kind of stuff coming along and making it impossible for us.

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      As noted by Anonymous, a user on OpenCongress.org, on June 04, 2008, "Isn't it funny how music is getting huge, sledgehammer like protection in HR 4279 and visual art is getting devalued and made worthless by this bill, HR 5889? Music must just be soo much more valuable. It's all about the corporate interests. Artists need to band together for our own protection and fight this dangerous bill. I'm an art student, and while I will never stop making art I'm worried I'll be unable to make a living at it. It's never been easy to be an artist without this kind of stuff coming along and making it impossible for us."
    • On July 10, 2008, by Anonymous - I created the largest digital collection in history. I asked the people opposing this Bill, to consider my work- as a model- for "registration" practices. I happen to have many issues with govt policies. Many of the policies, are directly (or indirectly) emplaced to benefit large corporate interests (imho). So here we are??? Most people are not artists. Most people are not song writers, video producers, or patent holders. Exactly what is wrong with the Copyright Act of 1934? Just exactly "who" is expected to benefit- from the passing of this Bill? My website is www.artdeskinc.com Phil Sprute Art Desk

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      As noted by Anonymous, a user on OpenCongress.org, on July 10, 2008, "I created the largest digital collection in history. I asked the people opposing this Bill, to consider my work- as a model- for "registration" practices. I happen to have many issues with govt policies. Many of the policies, are directly (or indirectly) emplaced to benefit large corporate interests (imho). So here we are??? Most people are not artists. Most people are not song writers, video producers, or patent holders. Exactly what is wrong with the Copyright Act of 1934? Just exactly "who" is expected to benefit- from the passing of this Bill? My website is www.artdeskinc.com Phil Sprute Art Desk"
    • On September 10, 2008, by Anonymous - There are much easier and fairer ways to resolve the issue of Orphan Works (expand fair use, create system similar to Canada or European Union). The lobbyists behind this bill are Google and Microsoft. There are now over 60 artist groups in the US that oppose this bill. The bill is in direct conflict of our international copyright treaties.

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      As noted by Anonymous, a user on OpenCongress.org, on September 10, 2008, "There are much easier and fairer ways to resolve the issue of Orphan Works (expand fair use, create system similar to Canada or European Union). The lobbyists behind this bill are Google and Microsoft. There are now over 60 artist groups in the US that oppose this bill. The bill is in direct conflict of our international copyright treaties. "

    Highly Rated Blog Articles

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      As noted by CreativeGoddess on March 20, 2009, "Published March 21, 2009 Uncategorized. As a creative outlet, I am taking a ceramic tile class from the ever talented Marina Bosetti. She insisted the night we met up w/her at the Valentine’s Oyster Roast Party last month and now I am ..." (http://creativegoddess.wordpress.com/2009/03/21/creative-outlet-ceramic-class-with-marina-bosetti/)
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      As noted by CreativeGoddess on February 10, 2009, "Archives. Select Month, February 2009, January 2009, December 2008, November 2008, October 2008, September 2008, August 2008, July 2008, June 2008, May 2008, April 2008, March 2008, February 2008, January 2008, December 2007 ..." (http://creativegoddess.wordpress.com/2009/02/14/avatar-queen-of-hearts/)

    Highly Rated News Articles

    • Senate passes Orphan Works bill (S2913), House expected to follow - September 28, 2008 by About The Image, NY - The following organizations oppose HR 5889, The Orphan Works Act of 2008 and S. 2913, The Shawn Bentley Orphan Works Act of 2008 because each bill permits, ...

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      As noted by About The Image, NY on September 28, 2008, "The following organizations oppose HR 5889, The Orphan Works Act of 2008 and S. 2913, The Shawn Bentley Orphan Works Act of 2008 because each bill permits, ..." (http://www.abouttheimage.com/3900/senate_passes_orphan_works_bill_s2913_house_expected_to_follow/author2/)
    • Does the Orphan Works Bill Mean Copyright Chaos? - September 24, 2008 by Print - On the fast track for a vote in both houses of Congress, H.R. 5889 (The Orphan Works Act of 2008) and S. 2913 (The Shawn Bentley Orphan Works Act of 2008) would open the door to “wide-scale infringements” of creators’ copyrights, according to a statement on the IPA’s website.

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      As noted by Print on September 24, 2008, "On the fast track for a vote in both houses of Congress, H.R. 5889 (The Orphan Works Act of 2008) and S. 2913 (The Shawn Bentley Orphan Works Act of 2008) would open the door to “wide-scale infringements” of creators’ copyrights, according to a statement on the IPA’s website. " (http://www.printmag.com/design_articles/orphan_works/tabid/419/Default.aspx)
    • Pending Federal Law Threatens All Copyright Owners says the ... - July 21, 2008 by PR-USA.net (press release), Bulgaria - The Shawn Bentley Orphan Works Act of 2008 (S. 2913) and the Orphan Works Act of 2008 (HR 5889) allows anyone to use a copyrighted work without first ...

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      As noted by PR-USA.net (press release), Bulgaria on July 21, 2008, "The Shawn Bentley Orphan Works Act of 2008 (S. 2913) and the Orphan Works Act of 2008 (HR 5889) allows anyone to use a copyrighted work without first ..." (http://www.pr-usa.net/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=121917&Itemid=30)
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