Supreme Court Will Hear Copyright Case Affecting Online Resources

The U.S. Supreme Court has agreed to hear a challenge to a law that extends copyright protection for all published material for an additional 20 years.

Some professors say the law hampers their ability to publish electronic resources and teach courses online. Classroom-based courses often use copyrighted material under a "fair use" exemption that the law does not make available to online instructors.

The case, Eldred v. Ashcroft, concerns the constitutionality of the Sonny Bono