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Sonny Bono Copyright Term Extension Act

Bill Number: S-505

Public Law Number: 105-298

Disposition: 1998-Oct-27
Enacted - Signed by the President

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Full title...
An act to amend the provisions of title 17, United States Code, with respect to the duration of copyright, and for other purposes.

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Bill Text (Reading difficulty: Moderate)

Sponsor & Key Contributors
Orrin G. Hatch

What does this bill do?

This bill extended the previous duration of copyright protections for published works.

For example, the copyright protection for most works was extended from 50 years after the author's death to 70 years after his or her death.

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