January 15, 2003

Larry Has Lost

The news has come down that Larry Lessig has lost his Eldred Supreme Court case. Lessig was trying to get the Sonny Bono Copyright Extension Act overruled, and basically trying to get the Supreme Court to limit the power of Congress to extend copyrights whenever the hell they want. He lost, and so we all lose. The concept of a work slipping out of copyright and into the public domain after a certain period of time is effectively dead. But still, through it all, Lessig is trying to be optimistic. He says:

But if there is any good that might come from my loss, let it be the anger and passion that now gets to swell against the unchecked power that the Supreme Court has said Congress has. When the Free Software Foundation, Intel, Phillis Schlafly, Milton Friedman, Ronald Coase, Kenneth Arrow, Brewster Kahle, and hundreds of creators and innovators all stand on one side saying, “this makes no sense,” then it makes no sense. Let that be enough to move people to do something about it. Our courts will not.

More from Doc and Dave. I guess the ball’s in our court. What should we do now?

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  1. work at home says:

    wooooow, this is a toughie….

    Posted January 16, 2003 @ 11:51 am

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