Monday, May 20, 2002

Epstein on Copyright Richard Epstein is a libertarian legal scholar here at Chicago. He's also quite brilliant. I found this remarkably intelligent chat transcript where he discusses copyright. He clearly understands why the Mickey Mouse Copyright Extensions act was a transfer of wealth from public to private hands for no good reason, but also notes that this case will be argued on narrow, constitutional grounds regarding "limited term" and "useful progress," and so may ignore this central issue. Ultimately, reasonable copyright terms rests with Congress.


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