The remarkable admission came at the tail end of an event held at the UNC Law School on November 2, 2005, when Mary-Beth Peters, the Register of Copyrights, and a panel of copyright scholars, lawyers and bureaucrats convened to deliberate copyright in public.
Peters can be heard making the statement one minutes and eight seconds into the video linked below:
[1:08] We've certainly lengthened the term [of copyright] perhaps -- I won't even say perhaps -- too long a term. I think it is too long. I think that was probably a big mistake, but one that Congress can make."AVI Link, MP4 Link, MPG Link
Credit: The University of North Carolina and UNC-TV for the video capture and TJ Ward for digizing it.
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