Eldred vs Ashcroft

The Eldred vs Ashcroft case concerns the constitutionality of the Sonny Bono Copyright Term Extension Act (CTEA) which, following intense lobbying by media conglomerates such as Disney and Time Warner, was enacted by Congress in 1998 and extended the term of all existing and future copyrights by twenty years. Eric Eldred, who maintains a web site that gives readers free access to materials whose copyrights have expired, challenged the CTEA with the assistance of the Openlaw project of the Berkman Centre. Although Eldred has lost in both the district and appellate courts, the case has been accepted for review by the Supreme Court

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