September 27, 2004

Is Bootlegging Constitutional?

Yes,  it is. Sort of. Well, in the USA.

A federal judge dismissed charges against a New York City record store owner on Friday who had been selling unauthorized recordings of concerts, saying a federal law against bootlegging is unconstitutional.
U.S. District Judge Harold Baer ruled that the statute banning bootlegging is unconstitutional, because it states that copyrights on live performances are protected forever. This, he said, conflicts with the "limited time" requirements of copyright law.

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