March 27, 2001

U.S. Rep. Boucher answers Slashdotters' questions

Author: JT Smith

The Democratic congressman, who's called for changes in the DMCA, fields questions from Slashdot readers. On copyrights: "The recent extension of the copyright term by the Congress was wholly unjustified. The
United States Constitution establishes a regime of intellectual property protection and
specifies that exclusive rights in original works should be preserved for the creator of the
works for a 'limited time'. I am concerned that the very wealthy copyright owning
community, including motion picture studios, recording companies and publishers have
seriously unbalanced the Congressional process in the creation and amendment of
intellectual property laws with the result that the 'limited time' concept has largely been
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