Appeals Court Shoots Down Copyright Challenge
by THOMAS CLABURN
Information Week, publication date: 23 January 2007
"Beyond extending the term of copyright protection, these two laws changed the copyright renewal procedure for works created prior to 1978 from an 'opt in' system to one that is 'opt out.' Copyrights thus are now renewed automatically to the maximum term allowed unless the copyright holder declines such protection.
The plaintiffs, Brewster Kahle of the Internet Archive and Richard Prelinger of Prelinger Associates, filed suit in 2004 (Kahle v. Gonzales) seeking to overturn the automatic renewal provision on constitutional grounds."