Vanderbilt Journal of Entertainment & Technology Law

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This Note explores opposing arguments on the constitutionality of the CTEA under the Copyright Clause, which gives Congress the power "[t]o promote the Progress of Science and the useful Arts, by securing for limited Times to Authors and Inventors the exclusive Right to the irrespective Writings and Discoveries." Part I of this Note analyzes whether Congress violated the "limited Times" restriction by extending the terms of existing copyrights. Part II examines whether the CTEA promotes the "Progress of Science' ' Finally, Part Ill highlights questions the U.S. Supreme Court must resolve to maintain the balance between the rights of the copyright holder and the interests of the public.