Court Upholds Copyright Extension

January 15, 2003

A loose coalition of independent scholars, publishers and Internet archivists had argued that, by lengthening existing copyrights, the law, known as the Sonny Bono Copyright Term Extension Act in honor of the late singer and House member, effectively made those copyrights perpetual — violating the constitutional provision that says Congress may spur intellectual productivity by granting copyrights for “limited times.”

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