The Internet Archive and the Prelinger Archive have filed their opposition to the government’s motion to dismiss in Kahle v. Ashcroft, a case challenging the constitutionality of Congress’s removal from the copyright laws of our traditional system of formalities (i.e., registration, notice, renewal). CIS's Larry Lessig, Jennifer Granick and Chris Sprigman represent the plaintiffs.
The government will file its reply on October 8, and a hearing in front of Judge Maxine Chesney (U.S. District Court, Northern District of Calif.) is scheduled for October 29. You can learn more about Kahle v. Ashcroft here. For those interested in the broader issues raised by the demise of mandatory copyright formalities, you may wish to take a look at an article by Chris Sprigman, Reform(aliz)ing Copyright, that will be published later this year in the Stanford Law Review.