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in a 7-2 ruling, the justices affirmed a D.C. Circuit decision that the Copyright Term Extension Act of 1998, which enlarged the duration of copyrights by 20 years, applied retroactively to existing copyrights. The court held that the act did not violate the First Amendment and was a rational exercise of Congress’ power under the copyright clause. Eldred v. Ashcroft, No. 01-618. Ginsburg’s opinion was joined by Rehnquist, O’Connor, Scalia, Kennedy, Souter and Thomas. Stevens and Breyer dissented.

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