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United States v. Martignon
United States District Court for the Southern District of New York
346 F. Supp. 2d 413 (2004)
Jean Martignon (defendant) owned a record store in New York. In 2003, Martignon was indicted for allegedly selling unauthorized recordings—or bootlegs—of live performances in violation of 18 U.S.C. § 2319A. Martignon moved to dismiss the indictment. Martignon argued, in part, that because § 2319A regulated live performances for an unlimited time, it exceeded Congress’s powers under the Copyright Clause, which gives Congress the power to grant limited-time protection to works fixed in a tangible medium.
Rule of Law
Holding and Reasoning (Baer, J.)
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