January 15, 2003
The Supreme Court have ruled 7-2 in Eldred v. Ashcroft (01-618); so the most recent copyright extension passed by Congress is viewed as constitutional. Justices Stevens and Breyer dissented. As it stands, individual copyright lasts 70 years after a person's death; corporate copyright lasts 95 years. Guess we'll see what happens in 20 years when Mickey Mouse et al. come up for expiration again.
In better news, the music and technology trade associations have come to an agreement. The technology group will work harder to support the enforcement against digital piracy, and the RIAA won't seek government legislation requiring locking controls over entertainment devices.
Now if only I could work my CD burner properly! :-(