Ninth Circuit Denies Copyright Extensions Appeal

Law360, New York (January 23, 2007, 12:00 AM EST) -- The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit on Tuesday rejected a lawsuit by a group of Internet archivists who sued the government over copyright term extensions added to federal law in the 1990s.

The archivists claimed the legislation illegally changed copyright protection from a so-called “opt-in” system to an “opt-out” system, threatening their attempts to make works with no commercial value available for free on the Internet.

The Ninth Circuit rejected the archivists’ argument that the legislation changed the law enough that it required...
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