August 29, 2002 · Lessig
Congress has the power to promote the Progress of Science … by securing for limited Times to Authors … exclusive Right to their Writings.
If you take that seriously, then it is just not like building a house. If the government takes your house, it must pay you. This says if the government gives you a copyright, it must, after a “limited Time” take it away.
Economically Efficient Treatment of Computer Software: Reverse Engineering, Protection, and Disclosure” (with Lawrence D. Graham), Rutgers Computer and Technology Law Review, 22(1), 1996, pp. 61-142.
Back to taking “limited Times” way too seriously …