The basis for national copyright legislation in this country is Article I, Section 8 of the Constitution: "The Congress shall have power * * * to promote the progress of science and useful arts by securing for limited times to authors and inventors, the exclusive right to their respective writings and discoveries."
Edward S. Rogers,
Copyright and Morals,
Mich. L. Rev.
Available at: https://repository.law.umich.edu/mlr/vol18/iss5/4