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Short Titles as Introduced

Orphan Works Act of 2006

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Official Title as Introduced

To amend title 17, United States Code, to provide for limitation of remedies in cases in which the copyright owner cannot be located, and for other purposes.


Actions Overview (1)

Date Actions Overview
05/22/2006Introduced in House

All Actions (5)

Date All Actions
05/24/2006Forwarded by Subcommittee to Full Committee by Voice Vote .
Action By: House Judiciary Subcommittee on Courts, the Internet, and Intellectual Property
05/24/2006Subcommittee Consideration and Mark-up Session Held.
Action By: House Judiciary Subcommittee on Courts, the Internet, and Intellectual Property
05/23/2006Referred to the Subcommittee on Courts, the Internet, and Intellectual Property.
Action By: Committee on the Judiciary
05/22/2006Referred to the House Committee on the Judiciary.
Action By: House of Representatives
05/22/2006Introduced in House
Action By: House of Representatives

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No cosponsors.


Committees (1)

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Committee / Subcommittee Date Activity Related Documents
House Judiciary05/22/2006 Referred to
House Judiciary Subcommittee on Courts, the Internet, and Intellectual Property05/23/2006 Referred to
05/24/2006 Markup by
05/24/2006 Reported by

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Introduced in House (05/22/2006)

Orphan Works Act of 2006 - Limits the remedies available in a copyright infringement action if the infringer proves that: (1) the infringer performed and documented a reasonably diligent search in good faith to locate the copyright owner before using the work, but was unable to locate the owner; and (2) the infringing use of the work provided attribution to the author and owner of the copyright, if known.

Requires the Register of Copyrights to make information available from authoritative sources to assist users in conducting and documenting a reasonably diligent search.

Permits an award of reasonable compensation 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 ceases the infringement expeditiously after receiving notice of the claim for infringement.

Allows the court to impose injunctive relief to prevent or restrain the infringing use, but such relief shall account for harm caused to the infringer due to reliance on having performed a reasonably diligent search. Prohibits the court from imposing injunctive relief that restrains the continued preparation or use of a new work that recasts, transforms, adapts, or integrates the infringed work with the infringer's original expression in a new work of authorship if the infringer pays reasonable compensation and provides attribution to the copyright owner.

Requires the Register of Copyrights to conduct an inquiry with respect to remedies for copyright infringement claims seeking limited amounts of monetary relief, including consideration of alternatives to disputes currently heard in the U.S. district courts.