Subject: YA fyi: copyright extensions
From: Jean Camp <>
Date: Wed, 10 Nov 1999 12:41:20 -0500

As I recall someone on this list noted that one small part of the larger IP
problem is the long life of copyrights. This would be of interest.


On October 28, the D.C. District Court issued an opinion in the Eldred v.
Reno case-- granting the government's motion for judgment on the pleadings.
 The opinion is posted on the Copyright's Commons site at

An appeal is already underway as the next step toward overturning the
Copyright Term Extension Act.  Be sure to rack the case as it moves through
the Court of Appeals and (hopefully) to the Supreme Court.  The legal
arguments will continue to be formed on the openlaw site:


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