It’s amazing how fast unsubstantiated news travels. Many bloggers have been reporting that the Orphan Works Bill is dead. This seems to be based on a blog article in Wired, who quotes unnamed lobbyists.
The blog post states that the bill passed the Senate and then landed dead on arrival in the House. In fact it was referred to the Judiciary Committee where it still can be agreed to and presented to the House. If you think the House is too busy, remember that the Senate was also busy dealing with the economy on Friday.
Here is the status of the Senate Bill. As of this post, it has been referred to the House Committee on the Judiciary. It is up to them whether they will abandoned their previous bill H.R. 5889 in favor of this one, or wait to start over next year.
Even though members of the House Judiciary Committee may not favor the Senate Bill, they are under enormous pressure from lobbyists to pass the Senate Bill.
This means that the bill is not dead. It may be “less likely to succeed,” but I am not going to start sleeping about this issue. “Not likely” and “dead” are two different things.
P.S. If you live in San Antonio, or Austin, or other Texas cities in District 21 (which is a poster child for gerrymandering), your congressman might be Lamar Smith, a co-sponsor of the house bill. You voice really counts. He, like every other House Rep., is running for re-election. He is being pressured to pass the Senate Bill and needs to know that his constituents don’t want it.