and The Patry Copyright Blog
point out that Judge Alito may have a "strict view on the kinds of inventions that merit copyright protection," which is comforting to technology businesses and small startups in general, because "the technology industry is probably better served by someone more circumspect if you believe the industry thrives on innovation and not on monopolies."
If this is a true window on how Alito views intellectual property, it is a relief. We'll wait and see whether the judiciary committee has the foresight
to probe a bit deeper on this topic.
Update: derivative work
is covering Alito's copyright history in depth. copyfight
also has coverage.