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Perspectives on Intellectual Property Issues

Monthly Archives: January 2012

Supreme Court Upholds Congress’ Power to Restore Copyright Protection to Public Domain Work

Posted in Copyright, First Amendment
The Supreme Court this week upheld the power of Congress to restore copyright protections to public domain work against challenges based on the Copyright Clause of the U.S. Constitution.  In a nutshell, the ruling opens the door for Congress to restore, or remove, copyright protections from any work so long as it has a rational … Continue Reading

Wikipedia and Other Sites Down in Protest of U.S. Anti-Piracy Bills

Posted in Copyright, Internet
Websites including the English version of Wikipedia, Reddit and BoingBoing have gone dark for a period of twenty-four hours today, in protest of anti-piracy bills currently making their way through the U.S. House of Representatives and Senate.   According to a statement posted by Wikipedia, the Stop Online Privacy Act (“SOPA,” as the House version … Continue Reading