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Supreme Court Agrees to Hear Copyright Challenge Case

Pike, George H. (2002) Supreme Court Agrees to Hear Copyright Challenge Case. Information Today NewsBreaks & the Weekly News Digest. ISSN 8755-6286 (Submitted)

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On February 19, 2002, the United States Supreme Court ( gave an unexpected Valentine’s surprise to the copyright and publishing communities by agreeing to hear a challenge to the 1998 Sonny Bono Copyright Term Extension Act (CTEA). The Act (available online at extended the terms of existing copyrights by 20 years and added the same 20 year extension to the term of all future copyrights. As a result of the Act, copyrighted material will not go into the public domain for at least 70 years and often well over 100 years. The outcome of this case is likely to have a significant impact on access to and control of content on the Internet. There are many advocates both for and against the CTEA, with availability being the central focus of concern. However, there is greater reason to be concerned about the loss of pieces of our cultural history. Thousands of out-of-print books, journals, musical compositions, scripts and other “useful Arts” from the 1920's and 1930's risk being lost to time.


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Item Type: Article
Status: Submitted
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Pike, George H.
Date: 25 February 2002
Date Type: Publication
Journal or Publication Title: Information Today NewsBreaks & the Weekly News Digest
Publisher: Learned Information, Inc., Medford, NJ
Institution: University of Pittsburgh
Schools and Programs: School of Law > Law
School of Law > Law > Faculty Publications
Refereed: No
Uncontrolled Keywords: copyright, law, copyright, infringement, public, domain, free, access, Internet, access, preservation, cultural, history, 1998, Sonny, Bono, Copyright, Term, Extension, Act, CTEA, Eldred, v., Ashcroft, Copyright, Clause, copyleft
ISSN: 8755-6286
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Date Deposited: 11 Jun 2010 14:06
Last Modified: 20 Dec 2018 00:55


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