Sonny Bono Copyright Term Extension Act

See also: Copyright

Acronym: CTEA

This topic is: American-Centric

Passed by the U.S. Congress in 1998 and named after the late singer and entertainer Sunny Bono, the Copyright Term Extension Act lengthened the duration of copyright in the United States to 70 years after the death of the author. Corporations’ copyrights last for 95 years after publication, or 120 years after creation, whichever happens first.

Eric Eldred and others sued, represented by Lawrence Lessig, to attempt to get the CTEA overturned. However, the Supreme Court ruled on January 15, 2003, and Eldred lost.

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