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Re3: OT: Preserving Information

by blakem (Monsignor)
on Oct 08, 2002 at 21:54 UTC ( #203772=note: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??

in reply to Re: Re: OT: Preserving Information
in thread OT: Preserving Information

published long enough ago so that they have clearly fallen into the public domain
Tomorrow, the Supreme Court is hearing a case that will hopefully shorten the absurdly long time it currently takes for this to happen.


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Re: Re3: OT: Preserving Information
by ignatz (Vicar) on Oct 09, 2002 at 11:17 UTC
    I'm on the edge of me seat on this one.

    The problem with the Bono/Mickey Mouse Copyright Act isn't so much the overly long time frame targeted to benefit corporations, but how Congress retroactively changes that time frame.

    This is a huge decision for me. I must confess that I am not particularly optimistic given the courts track record on corporate vs. individual rights over the last 200 years.

      The retroactive aspect is the part that has the best chance of being deemed unconstitional:
      US Constitution Establishment of Copyrights and Patents
      Article I, Section 8. Powers of Congress

      The Congress shall have the power ...
      [paragraph 8]
      To promote the progress of science and
      useful arts, by securing for limited times
      to authors and inventors the exclusive right
      to their respective writings and discoveries;

      You have to squint pretty hard to get retroactive extensions to fit under that language.


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