Constitution Daily

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Constitution Check: When the Internet went dark, what was the constitutional meaning?

January 31, 2012 By Lyle Denniston

In an awesome display of Digital Age political power, the shuttering of major parts of the Internet in protest on January 18 had an almost instant impact in Congress, stopping in its tracks a strong push to pass new laws to shut down websites suspected of stealing copyrighted movies, music and books.

Constitution Check: Can copyright and the First Amendment coexist on the Internet?

December 22, 2011 By Lyle Denniston

The sometimes heated debate over how free the Internet should be was on public display in angry shouting matches at a recent meeting of the House Judiciary Committee working on drafts of the proposed “Stop Online Piracy Act.”

Free the mouse: How the Supreme Court may release Mickey into the public domain.

March 17, 2011 By Sayeh Hormozi

In 2019, Mickey Mouse is set to be released to the public domain. But will the Congress grant Disney another extension?

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