Congress is allowed to pass laws “to promote the progress of science and useful arts, by securing for limited times to authors and inventors the exclusive right in their respective writings and discoveries.”
Allows congress to adopt both copyright laws (creative expression) and patent laws (inventions)
Creates a financial incentive for authors / inventors to continue to contribute and create new works
Requires that the rights expire
What are Your Copyrights?
What are your rights? An owner of a copyright can: