Issa asks if long copyright is a barrier to entry

Ed Black, the president of CCIA, was quick to say yes, adding that strong copyright laws can even "interfere with free speech."

"Copyright terms can be over 100 years," he said, creating "litigation that can tie up the Internet."

While different industries need different treatment, Black said, "one suit" is now being applied to all, resulting in "anticompetitive and anti-innovative" effects. He called for a review of IP law. 

But that could be chaos, said Geoffrey Manne, an executive director at Lew & Clark Law School.

Shaping copyright law to particular industries "would almost inevitably yield a process that is far worse than we have now," he said, arguing that tailor-made, it would not work.


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