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Copyright: The New Energizer Bunny

I was bummed to hear that in the Eldred v. Ashcroft case, the Supreme Court ruled against Eldred and has basically said Congress can continue to make laws to extend the lifespan of copyrighted works.

Many companies, which “create” so much in today’s society, probably view the ruling as a huge positive. Whatever they create can be continually protected by getting Congress to put an extention law through. Since companies in the U.S. are sometimes very “old”, we might see creative works effectively never being put into the public domain. It doesn’t seem right to me.

Anyway, straight from his weblog: Lawrence Lessig on losing.

Originally published on Wednesday January 15, 2003 at 10:59 pm

[1] Comment

A - thank you so much for the link to Lawrence Lessig's blog.

I am as dispirited as you by the Eldred decision. Imagine that we need to wait another 25 years before we can use, for example, "Rhapsody in Blue" without paying a royalty. There are works of art that, over time, become the basic furniture of our brains, the warp we weave our woof through to make the fabric of our lives, intellectual creations that become the property of us all. And I believe that tethering those works to their deservedly revered creators for a period way in excess of three generations chills further innovation and creation in ways that we can never know about.

David Hertzig said this 18 years, 5 months ago §

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