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Supreme Court Says Congress May Re-Copyright Public Domain Works

By David Kravets   
January 18, 2012  1:56 pm

Congress may take books, musical compositions and other works out of the public domain, where they can be freely used and adapted, and grant them copyright status again, the Supreme Court ruled Wednesday.

In a 6-2 ruling, the court said that, just because material enters the public domain, it is not “territory that works may never exit.”

The top court was ruling on a petition by a group of orchestra conductors, educators, performers, publishers and film archivists who urged the justices to reverse an appellate court that ruled against the group, which has relied on artistic works in the public domain for their livelihoods.

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Dr. Seuss story accused of having a political agenda, barred from classroom

A school in B.C. investigates the potential political undertones of ‘Yertle the Turtle’

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Ted Geisel (a.k.a. Dr. Seuss)

By Jillian Eugenios contributor

updated 4/26/2012 3:28:21 PM ET 2012-04-26T19:28:21

Is there a child around who doesn’t know green eggs are an especially delicious with ham, whether they’re eaten in a boat or in a house, with a goat or with a mouse?

Dr. Seuss books, a staple of childhood, have incited recent scrutiny for their apparent political undertones. The Prince Rupert School District in British Columbia, Canada is alleging that a certain Dr. Seuss quote is unfit for children due to its vaguely disguised political messaging meant to promote unrest and incite rebellion.

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