S. 2913 (110th): Shawn Bentley Orphan Works Act of 2008


Apr 24, 2008
110th Congress, 2007–2009

Died in a previous Congress

This bill was introduced in a previous session of Congress and was passed by the Senate on September 26, 2008 but was never passed by the House.


Patrick Leahy

Senator from Vermont



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Last Updated: Sep 27, 2008
Length: 20 pages

About the bill

Full Title

A bill to provide a limitation on judicial remedies in copyright infringement cases involving orphan works.

Summary (CRS)

9/26/2008--Passed Senate amended.Shawn Bentley Orphan Works Act of 2008 - Limits the remedies in a civil action brought for infringement of copyright in an orphan work, notwithstanding specified provisions and ... Read more >

The bill’s title was written by its sponsor.


Apr 24, 2008

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May 15, 2008
Reported by Committee

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Sep 26, 2008
Passed Senate

The bill was passed in a vote in the Senate. It goes to the House next. The vote was by Unanimous Consent so no record of individual votes was made.

Sep 27, 2008
Text Published

Updated bill text was published as of Passed the Senate (Engrossed).

This is a Senate bill in the United States Congress (indicated by the “S.” in “S. 2913”). A bill must be passed by both the House and Senate in identical form and then be signed by the President to become law.


2 cosponsors (2R) (show)
Committee Assignments

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There have been no roll call votes related to this bill.

Related Bills

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H.R. 5889 (Related)
Orphan Works Act of 2008

Referred to Committee
Last Action: Apr 24, 2008

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