Reconciling What the First Amendment Forbids with What the Copyright Clause Permits: A Summary Explanation and Review

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William W. Van Alstyne

Duke University School of Law; William & Mary Law School

Date Written: 2003

Abstract

This article examines the relationship between the Copyright Clause and the First Amendment. This piece argues that a compromise may be found where the First Amendment protects expression but not the right to engage in the commercial trade of such expression.

Keywords: First Amendment, commercial speech, copyright

Suggested Citation

Van Alstyne, William W., Reconciling What the First Amendment Forbids with What the Copyright Clause Permits: A Summary Explanation and Review (2003). Law and Contemporary Problems, Vol. 66, No. 225, 2003; William & Mary Law School Research Paper No. 09-117. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1926198

William W. Van Alstyne (Contact Author)

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