Orphan works bill

Here is the respons I got today from my congressman it has the house bill number and his e-mail “hint hint”. I don’t like how this reads do you

Dear Mr. Foster:

Thank you for contacting me regarding H.R. 5889, the Orphan Works Act of 2008. I appreciate hearing your views on this legislation.

As you may know, Congressman Howard Berman (D-California) introduced H.R. 5889 on April 24, 2008. If passed, this legislation would limit the remedies in a civil action brought for copyright infringement in an orphan work if it can be proved that: (1) the infringer performed a reasonably diligent search to locate the copyright owner before using the work; (2) a Notice of Use was filed with the Register of Copyrights before the work was used; and (3) the infringing use of the work provided attribution to the author and owner of the copyright, if known. Additionally this bill would allow awards for the use of the infringed work, except if: (1) the infringement is performed without any commercial advantage and for primarily a charitable, religious, scholarly, or educational purpose; and (2) the infringer quickly ceases their work after receiving notice of the claim for infringement.

The Orphan Works Act of 2008 has been referred to the House Committee on the Judiciary. Although I am not a member of this committee, rest assured I will keep your opinions in mind should this bill reach for House floor for a vote.

Again, thank you for taking the time to contact me. I appreciate having the opportunity to represent you in the U.S. House of Representatives. Please feel free to visit my website (www.house.gov/burgess) or contact me with any future concerns.


Michael C. Burgess, M.D.
Member of Congress

Congressman Michael Burgess <imatx26@mail.house.gov>
This is for those future concerns

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