Public Knowledge reports that today’s scheduled Judiciary Committee markup of the copyright bill I discussed here was cancelled. That’s the second time the committee has postponed consideration of the legislation, although last week the reason was purportedly lack of time.
Given the incredible list of pressing legislative business that is now stalled (including appropriations bills and major issues like immigration and military tribunals), and the very short amount of time left before recess (most likely a single-digit number of voting days), it seems next to impossible that any copyright bill could get far before Congress adjourns for the elections. I think that’s good news because, completely independent of the substance of this grab-bag bill, there just has not been enough analysis and debate of its provisions. The bad part is that a pretty good orphan works remedy — which was the subject of a thoughtful deliberative process — has become bogged down in the larger legislation. Sigh. Maybe next year.
UPDATE: The bill is now not only really dead, but really most sincerely dead.