In the current digital millennium, intellectual property law is constantly besieged by new technologies, threatening various patent, trademark, and copyright protections. Though intellectual property law shields individual rights on the one hand, on the other hand the overarching purpose of this protection was not to espouse a regime of private ownership, but to imbue the Founders’ intent within a legal framework by “promot[ing] the Progress of Science and the useful Arts,” through “secur[ing] for limited Times to Authors and Inventors the exclusive Right to their respective Writings and Discoveries.” The grant of a copyright was merely a means to serve the general public’s end, with that end being the dissemination of ideas and inventions to an increasingly sophisticated populace.
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