Hastings Communications and Entertainment Law Journal


Jenny L. Dixon


The Copyright Term Extension Act, if enacted, will increase the term of copyright protection to include the life of the author plus seventy years. Proponents of this legislation argue that such an increase is necessary for the United States to remain competitive in international intellectual property matters. This Note examines that proposition in light of the United States copyright tradition, the international copyright agreements currently in effect, and the negative impact the extension could have upon users of the public domain.