January 18, 2003

Read Justice Breyer's dissent in Eldred

Read Justice Breyer's dissent in the Eldred case. It's gotten lost in the discussion, but it says much that is useful:

The economic effect of this 20-year extension-the longest blanket extension since the Nation's founding-is to make the copyright term not limited, but virtually perpetual. Its primary legal effect is to grant the extended term not to authors, but to their heirs, estates, or corporate successors. And most importantly, its practical effect is not to promote, but to inhibit, the progress of "Science"-by which word the Framers meant learning or knowledge, ...

Most importantly, that's a Supreme Court Justice speaking. So he's difficult to dismiss as a someone unversed in the law.

By Seth Finkelstein | posted in copyblight | on January 18, 2003 11:57 PM (Infothought permalink) | Followups
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