Time Warp: September 17, 1787

Posted by Ken Davidson on Sep 17th, 2010

On this day in 1787, delegates to the Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia signed the U.S. Constitution. The framers recognized the importance of promoting the public’s interest in innovation and the arts. Article I, Section 8, Clause 8 give Congress the 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.

Happy Constitution Day!

The ABA and the National Constitution Center have provided online educational resources here and here, respectively.


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