The Supreme Court will be hearing Lawrence Lessig argue against Solicitor General Ted Olsen this Wednesday, in the most important constitutional challenge to copyright in history. The LA Times Magazine has a nice background piece on The Cultural Anarchist vs. the Hollywood Police State. It describes Jack Valenti, head of the Motion Picture Association of America, calling unauthorized copying a “terrorist war” and asserting that “the movie industry is under siege from a small community of professors.”
An industry with about $70 billion in worldwide revenues being thwarted by a handful of scholars, none of whom could get within a mile of Morton’s on Oscar night? “When I read that,” said Duke law professor James Boyle, “I had a Monty Pythonesque image of a siege of this massive castle by a tiny number of individuals armed only with insults. ‘Now open your gates,’ they were yelling, ‘or we shall taunt you once again.’ “
All of the filings and background for the case are at eldred.cc.