The Shawn Bentley Orphan Works Act, or Senate Bill 2913, passed the Senate late Friday, according to a press release from sponsor Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah), one of the bill's sponsors.

The act is designed to free up for use copyrighted works for which no owner can be identified. Supported by groups such as libraries and schools, it has been opposed by many in the photo community. It still must pass the House (which was considering a different version of the act) and be signed by the president to become law.