The Mouse That Ate The Public Domain

A wonderful article by Chris Sprigman gives us some hope that the Supreme Court may find that congress overstepped their authority in 1998 when they extended copyright protection way beyond 100 years. Copyright is granted for a limited time by congress through authority given it by the US constitution. Originally that time was for 14 years with the owner being allowed an extension of 14 more. Little by little over the years that has been stretched to “life plus 70” for works copyrighted by individuals since 1978. At some point these extensions will pass what can reasonably be considered as a limited time.

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