Answered By: Woodruff Library Reference Last Updated: Feb 19, 2015 Views: 102
U.S. Copyright law originated with the Constitution. Article I, Section 8, Clause 8 of the Constitution states that:
"Congress shall have the 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."
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