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Wednesday, January 15, 2003

Supremes uphold copyright extension. In 1998 Congress extended copyright protection to 70 years from the death of the author/creator, or 95 years for copyrights held by corporations. Today, the Supreme Court upheld this absurdly long period, keeping what should be national treasures like the Wizard of Oz and Casablanca available only to those who can afford them. Not that it does Judy Garland or Humphrey Bogart any good. Once again, as with W's elimination of the "death tax," the government has stated clearly that the rich should keep on getting richer, that the public interest has no place in 21st-century America.

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