The Copyright Term Extension Act And Congress Authority To Extend Copyright Terms

The Copyright Term Extension Act (CTEA), also known as the Sonny Bono Act, was enacted by the United States Congress and entered into force on October, 1998 (Pub. L. 105-298). CTEA became part of and amended the United States Copyright Act. CTEA extended protection of copyrights for the life of the author plus 70 years. CTEA extension of the copyright terms was challenged in legal proceedings under the argument that the Act was enacted under corporate pressure from Walt Disney. The challenged went to the Supreme Court which declared CTEA constitutional. Following there is a brief description of CTEA and its historical challenge before the United States Supreme Court.

The following questions have been addressed in this article:

What was the legislative intent of the Sony Bono Extension Act?
Was this legislation challenged?

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