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Don't Miss the CFIF paper: “The Constitutional and Historical Foundations of Copyright Protection.”
Submitted by Scott Cleland on Thu, 2012-12-13 14:28
Kudos to the Center For Individual Freedom CFIF for its outstanding paper: "The Constitutional and Historical Foundations of Copyright Protection" authored by former Solicitor General Paul D. Clement, Viet D. Dinh, and Jeffery M. Harris, all of whom clerked for the U.S. Supreme Court.
This paper is an exceptionally lucid and particularly timely addition to the current discourse on copyright, given the recent boomlet in revisionist copyright history proffered of late by opponents of copyright specifically, and intellectual property in general, who obviously have not done their homework.
The best new fact that I learned from the paper is that: philosopher "John Locke himself... argued in a 1694 letter to the Parliament that formal publishing rights should last for the life of the author plus seventy years."
That shows that the penultimate natural rights conservative, John Locke, would not find current copyright durations out of bounds.