October 8, 2002
Filed under Digital Copyright
he U.S. Supreme Court has heard oral arguments in the case of Eldred v. Ashcroft, a challenge to the 1998 Sonny Bono Copyright Term Extension Act (CTEA). The CTEA lengthened copyright terms by 20 years, stretching them to 70 years after an artist's death. While the specific question at issue is what limits the Constitution places on Congress in extending copyright protections, Eldred could offer important guidance on the Court's view of copyright law in the digital age. A decision might not come until the Spring.