Supreme Court Says Congress May Re-Copyright Public Domain Works

Congress may take books, musical compositions and other works out of the public domain, where they can be freely used and adapted, and grant them copyright status again, the Supreme Court ruled Wednesday.

In a 6-2 ruling, the court ruled that just because material enters the public domain, it is not “territory that works may never exit.”

The top court was ruling on a petition by a group of orchestra conductors, educators, performers, publishers and film archivists who urged the justices to reverse an appellate court that ruled against the group, which has relied on artistic works in the public domain for their livelihoods.

They claimed that re-copyrighting public works would breach the speech rights of those who are now using those works without needing a license. There are millions of decades-old works at issue. Some of the well-known ones include H.G. Wells’ Things to Come; Fritz Lang’s Metropolis and the musical compositions of Igor Fyodorovich Stravinsky.

» via Wired

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    ARRRRRGGGHHHHH!!!!!!!!!!
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    I am speechless at the staggering lack of insight of the Supreme Court (or am I?). This is an utter travesty, and...
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    This is NOT ok!
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    Ehhhh…. ?
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    >:(
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    excuse me oh my god i could write a paper on why this is STUPID and BAD works inside the public domain are so vital...
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    what the fucking fuck
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    Are you serious? Ugh. The United States, holding back great literature one ruling at a time.
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