The "Orphan Works" Bill. Check this out...

Jul 21, 2007
Yes, this one has been hanging in the air for a while now.
If the infringer fails to negotiate reasonable compensation in good faith, or fails to pay in a reasonably timely manner, the infringer may lose the limitations on remedies, provided the infringer's reasonable search is adjudicated by courts to be insufficient.
That's where things get to be real fun. The infringer will state that $1.00 is a reasonable compensation for full rights, as that is what he/she is paying at microstock rights for it. At court he can then claim that the artist/authors compensation is unrealistic showing "similar examples".

It's amazing that the recording industry is lobbying for legislation that could send you to jail for ripping your own cd's, and at the same time this kind of stuff gets put through.

Even worse is that the main reason for this particular act was that libraries and musuems have a hard time making legal copies of work they want to reproduce. Why not simply make them excempt?
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