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Saturday, October 6, 2007

Copyright and Music

An open letter to the CIRA recently posted on Digg got me thinking about the wide leeway the Supreme Court gives Congress in its interpretation of the Article I, Section 8, Clause 8 (also known as the Intellectual Property Clause).

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.

This short (and in my opinion, highly specific) piece of the Constitution is the only clause related to Intellectual Property Rights. In my opinion, the clause specifically states that the purpose of the protection of Intellectual Property Rights is to promote the progress of science and useful arts for a limited time.

How do copyrights lengths on the order of lifetimes encourage progress? I just can’t imagine that the current interpretation is what the writers had in mind. The Supreme Court needs to step up and do their job; they need to place some reasonable boundaries on what Congress can place under the umbrella of copyright.

posted by Zach at 2:33 am  

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    Comment by Vladlen — November 5, 2008 @ 9:55 pm

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