AP stories on the Supreme Court's decision in Eldred by Gina Holland in the Boston
Globe and the Miami
Herald. Andrea Foster also has a report in the Chronicle
of Higher Education. The
New York Times editorially
laments the Court's decision on Jan. 16, 2003 (this is only an excerpt,
for the full editorial).
Declan McCullagh, Left
gets nod from right on copyright law, CNET
News.com, Nov. 20, 2002. Reporting Seventh Circuit Judge Richard Posner's
public criticism of recent expansions of intellectual
property rights, including the Sonny Bono Act: "These rights keep expanding
without any solid information about why they're socially beneficial."
Uphill Battle in Copyright Case, N.Y. Times, Oct. 14, 2002
Kevin Kelly, Making My Own Music, N.Y.
Times, Oct. 12, 2002, argues that the passion of fans and
movie buffs will result in far more restoration and digitalization than
extended copyrights would engender, as evidenced already by the number of
books, music, and films from the public domain that are available on the
copyright power, Supreme Court should free the Mouse, editorial,
Sacramento Bee, Oct. 11, 2002
Abuse of Copyright, Editorial, N.Y. Times, Oct. 11,
Stopa's article MADISON
HEIGHTS - They probably won't call it Luck v. Mickey Mouse, The
Oakland Press, Sept. 21, 2002, discusses the CTEA in general, with
emphasis on its effect on Luck's Music Library, a publisher of classical
sheet music and one of the plaintiffs in the lawsuit.
L.A. Times, Sept. 22, 2002, discusses in interesting detail the
background of the Eldred case and Professor Larry Lessig, who is
leading the cause of the constitutional challenge.
Limits for Copyrights, Forbes Magazine, Fact and Comment, April 29,
2002 (free registration
required). Publisher Steve Forbes says that there is "no
justification" for what Congress has been doing and that the
Supreme Court should "knock down" the Sonny Bono Act.
Alan K. Ota,
Bridges Between Hollywood and Congress, CQ Weekly, Aug. 8,
1998. Lobbying activities of the MPAA and Jack Valenti.
Alan K. Ota, Disney
in Washington: The Mouse That Roared, CQ Weekly, Aug. 8,
1998. Describes some of the Disney lobbying activities, especially
those leading to the adoption of the Sonny Bono Act.
THE MOUSE THAT ATE THE PUBLIC DOMAIN:
Disney, The Copyright Term Extension Act, and Eldred V. Ashcroft, by
Chris Sprigman, Findlaw, Mar. 5, 2002. Good, readable article on the
issues in the constitutional challenge and some of the political background of
the Sonny Bono Act.
Boundaries on Copyrights, by Kendra Mayfield, Wired News, Feb. 20,
2002, discusses the constitutional challenge to the Sonny Bono
Act. It gives many examples of how the CTEA is preventing
restoration of films and the dissemination of out-of-print books.
Copyright, Unfair Use, Wall Street Journal, Feb 21, 2002.
Urges the Supreme Court to overturn the Sonny Bono Act. To do
otherwise "will do nothing more than create an ever-growing
cartel of intellectual property that will stifle the continuing growth
and spread of ideas."
Conductors Pose First Challenge to Copyright Law, by David
National Law Journal, Nov. 27, 2001. Discusses the costs to orchestras of
performing music on which copyright was "restored" by the Uruguay
Round Agreements Act (under challenge in Golan
v. Ashcroft; see the Challenge to
Constitutionality page hereof).
Mickey Mouse threatens to block all ideas in future,
by John Naughton, The Observer, Feb. 24, 2002, notes that this case is
not just "a row about cartoon characters, but in fact it goes right to the heart of what makes a creative society tick."
Breyer Seen as Key Justice on Copyright
Issue, by Victoria Slind-Flor, National Law Journal, February
25, 2002, at law.com, suggests that Justice Breyer long-time interest
and considerable knowledge of copyright law may have led the Court to
take the case. Various lawyers on both sides of the issue are
Supreme Court to Weigh in On Copyright Laws,
by Gina Holland, Washington Post, Feb. 19, 2002, gives views of anti-CTEA
professors Larry Lessig and Mark Lemley and pro-CTEA defenses of the
bill by Solicitor General Theodore Olson.
US copyright review shocks
Hollywood, BBC News, Feb. 20, 2002, includes some quotes from
Professor Jonathan Zittrain, another of the lead attorneys in the case.
Court to hear copyright law challenge, Hiawatha Bray, Boston Globe, Feb. 20,
2002, discusses the issues in the case, with some background on Eric
Could Shift Balance in Debate on Public Domain, Amy Harmon, New York
Times, Feb. 20, 2002. Looks at the issues involved in the case
before the Supreme Court.
'Limitless' Copyright Case Faces High Court Review , David
G. Savage, L.A. Times, Feb. 20, 2002.
Copyright dictators are winning
out, by Dan Gillmor, San Jose Mercury News, Feb. 19, 2002, strongly
supports the constitutional challenge.
Mouse vs. The People, Damien Cave interviews Eric Eldred, February
21, 2002, at Salon.com
Have the Most to Lose, by Henry Weinstein,
Ann W. O'Neill and Meg James, L.A. Times, Feb. 21, 2002. This
article discusses some
of the implications of the Supreme Court's upcoming decision.
to Review Copyright Extension, by Linda Greenhouse, New York Times,
February 19, 2002
Congress Mickey Mouse-ing With Copyrights?, Gayle Horwitz, Legal
Timess, Feb. 11, 2002, discussing the case prior to the Supreme Court's
grant of cert with Larry Lessig, lead attorney for the plaintiffs
challenging the constitutionality of the Sonny Bono Copyright Term
Extension Act of 1998.
Why Copyright Laws Hurt Culture,
by Karlin Lillington, Wired News, Nov. 27, 2001, discusses a talk by
Larry Lessig at the Darklight Digital Film Festival.
a line on copyright, St. Petersburg Times, August 21, 2001, argues
that the Supreme Court should hear "a lawsuit that has so far
failed to put a limit on the excesses of current copyright law."
Craziness, Washington Post, August 17, 2001, describes the
decision by the D.C. Circuit and urges the Supreme Court to take the
time to examine the issue, because "Congress's repeated extensions
of protection to copyright holders have shredded any meaningful
... © you real soon ... k-e-y ... by Jim Slotek, appeared in the November 1, 1998,
Toronto Sun, shortly after the CTEA was adopted by Congress. A sardonic treatment of
how Disney and other media companies benefit at the expense of human authors from
copyright term extension.
by Daren Fonda, Boston Globe Magazine, August 29, 1999. A recent extensive and very
readable article on the background of the Eldred case challenging the
constitutionality of term extension is . He also supplies information on how much
the media companies have contributed to the political war chests of key congressional
players, such as the members of the House and Senate Judiciary Committees.
Mickey's Mine! by Brigid
McMenamin in the August 23, 1999 issue of Forbes. This short article points out that
the CTEA helps only the big media companies like Disney and Time Warner, not current
authors. It includes a table showing a few popular works, when their
copyrights would have expired under the old law, and some of the uses to which such works
are being put by the current copyright owners (and some of the royalty fees they are
Rhapsody in Green by John
Solomon appeared in the January 3, 1999, issue of Boston Globe Art & Commerce
section. This article gives an excellent description of the issues involved and the
legislative tactics of the term extension supporters.
Letter of Gerald
Nachman dated February 25, 1995, to the New York Times commenting on
the proposal to extend the copyright term and objecting to copyright as a welfare measure
for the heirs of creative authors. It includes many examples showing how authors'
estates often use copyright to censor the use of culturally valuable works, rather than
promote the dissemination of our cultural heritage. Short and
The Chicago Tribune
reported in an Associated Press article dated October 17, 1998, on the intense lobbying
efforts of Disney to insure the adoption of copyright term extension.
Droppings, a Washington Post report dated October 15, 1998, describing some of the
last minute legislative maneuverings, including contributions by Disney to the campaign
chests of the Republican party and individual members of Congress, such as Majority Leader
The New York Times
in a Februrary 21, 1998, editorial entitled "Keeping Copyright in Balance" came
out strongly against copyright term extension: "There is
no justification for extending the copyright term," says the paper.
"So far, Congress has heard no representatives of the public
domain. It has apparently forgotten that its own members are meant to be those