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Wednesday, January 15, 2003

US Supreme Court upholds copyright term extensions
The United States Supreme Court upheld the 1998 Copyright Term Extension Act (CTEA). By a 7-2 vote, the justices accepted the Department of Justice arguments, asserting the constitutionality of the Act, as per Congressional power to regulate intellectual property ownership. Ginsburg wrote the majority opinion (.pdf); dissents came from Stevens and Beyer.
The decision is a victory for intellectual property holders, who lobbied hard for the act.
The decision is a defeat for those agitating for copyright reform in the digital age, including Lawrence Lessig, who argued for the Act's revision or repeal, and Tim Eldred, a public domain Web publisher.

(via, in many ways, Lawrence Lessig)
:: posted by Bryan, 11:47 AM |

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