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Dastar Court strengthens public domain

PRESS RELEASE
June 2, 2003

EFF welcomes the Supreme Court's decision in Dastar Corp. v. Twentieth Century Fox, that the Lanham Act does not interfere with republication of uncopyrighted works. "The Supreme Court's unanimous decision recognized that the public should be free to reuse materials from the public domain," said EFF Staff Attorney Wendy Seltzer. "The public domain is an important part of the copyright bargain, and the Court properly refused to impose restrictions once copyright has expired." EFF joined an amicus brief supporting Dastar.

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