Supreme Court Allows Congress to Give Pork to Disney

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This is disappointing. It may be that the Supreeme Court was not the correct plact to fight this — but I wish it hadn’t happened.

The Supreme Court on Wednesday upheld lengthier copyrights protecting the profits of songs, books and cartoon characters — a huge victory for Disney and other companies.

The 7-2 ruling, while not unexpected, was a blow to Internet publishers and others who wanted to make old books available online and use the likenesses of a Mickey Mouse cartoon and other old creations without paying high royalties.

Hundreds of thousands of books, movies and songs were close to being released into the public domain when Congress extended the copyright by 20 years in 1998.”

News From The Associated Press