Supreme Court Rules Against Eldred
January 15, 2003 8:05 AM Subscribe
The Supreme Court has ruled
, seven to two, that the Sonny Bono Copyright Term Extension Act of 1998
is not unconstitutional. The act automatically extended copyright by an additional 20 years, delaying by those two decades the entry of works into the public domain. Lawrence Lessig
and others have argued
that the Act places unreasonable and unnecessary bounds on the potential of the Internet, as well as effectively rendering unobtainable many works from the early decades of the twentieth century.