1789: U.S. Constitution empowers Congress to grant authors "exclusive rights" for "limited terms."

1853: A translation of Uncle Tom's Cabin into German is found not to infringe Harriet Beecher Stowe's copyright.

By Roger Parloff, senior editor @FortuneMagazine - Last updated July 11 2012: 5:18 AM ET
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The death of cash

Tech giants - and startups like Square - want you to use your phone to pay for everything from gum to train rides. Here's how they plan to achieve cash-free nirvana.