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+ - US Supreme Court upholds removal of works from Pub-> 2

Submitted by langelgjm
langelgjm (860756) writes "While much of the web is focused on the SOPA and PIPA blackout, supporters of the public domain today quietly lost a protracted struggle that began back in 2001.The Supreme Court, in a 6-2 decision, rejected the argument that Congress did not have the power to convey copyright upon works that were already in the public domain. The suit was originally filed to challenge provisions that the U.S. adopted when signing the TRIPs agreement. Justices Breyer and Alito dissented, arguing that conveyed copyright on already existing works defied the logic of copyright law. Justice Kagan recused herself. The text of the opinions is available here (PDF)."
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US Supreme Court upholds removal of works from Pub

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  • by Jah-Wren Ryel (80510) on Wednesday January 18, 2012 @12:52PM (#38740018)

    This sort of thing is why I have absolutely zero respect for copyright law in this country. Unlike internet piracy where, at most, each download represents a single sale "stolen" from the distributor this ruling means that each re-copyrighted work is stolen from all 300+ million people in the USA. That is theft on a scale many orders of magnitude larger than anything ever done to the copyright cartel.

    • "Nothing is more destructive of respect for the government than passing laws which cannot be enforced." -Einstein

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