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Article 1, Section 8, Clause 8

To promote the Progress of Science and useful Arts, by securing for limited Times to Authors and Inventors the exclusive Right to their respective Writings and Discoveries;

James Madison, Act Securing Copyright for Authors, Virginia House of Delegates

Records of the Federal Convention

Wheaton v. Peters
8 Pet. 591 1834

Mr Justice M'Lean delivered the opinion of the court.

In the eighth section of the first article of the constitution of the United States it is declared, that congress shall have power "to promote the progress of science and useful arts, by securing for limited times, to authors and inventors, the exclusive right to their respective writings and discoveries." And in pursuance of the power thus delegated, congress passed the act of the 30th of May, 1790.

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Clearly it is incumbent upon the CONGRESS to create Laws and Statues that are consistent with the US Constitution. Those Laws & Statutes so enacted should be clearly written, and to concise point. Congress fails this responsibility, when it writes laws that are, ambiguous, or not poignant, and then require a court of law to assess their intent.

"A government big enough to give you everything you want,
is also big enough to take away everything you have."
~ Thomas Jefferson ~

Thursday, June 19, 2008

"Visual Image Black Out Day"

I am an outspoken advocate of copyright protections...I am not seeking unreasonable protections, just those as promised by our constitution.

I applaud your taking a step forward to help in protecting our constitutional rights.
I had an epiphany the other day and am working on developing the details, I am wondering if you might want to join in my statement to the world on the value of Visual Arts.

I am going to propose a world wide web "Visual Image Black Out Day" my thought is to garner as many participants all in orchestra, whereby we de-link each and every image that we control through our web/flickr/blogs so that on that day the world will see many blank images. I am not a very web tech minded person but it seems that it is just a matter of uploading a new start page with the message of the black out, and removing the total of the web site into a can(unlinked folder).

While this may be a little work for all involved I think it has the possibility to make a grand statement.

Lloyd Shugart
Studio 413

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