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Entertainment on the Supreme Court Docket

What cause could unite the Eagle Forum, American Library Association and Google?

Think Alfred Hitchcock, Picasso and Peter and the Wolf.

Throw in the Constitution and international law, and you have a most intriguing case on the Supreme Court’s docket for the new term.

It doesn’t carry the moral weight of the death penalty cases the court will decide. Nor is it likely to have the political ramifications of the justices’ review of the health insurance reform law, which could happen this term.

But the case of Golan v. Holder (Docket No. 10-545) has multiple wonky dimensions.

For Eagle Forum, it’s about big government. For the librarians, broad access to information. For Google, the ability to innovate.

Then there’s the question of what the founding fathers meant in giving Congress power to “promote the Progress of Science and useful Arts” – and what the first Congress intended when it exercised that power in the Copyright Act of 1790.

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