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The primary reason was to benefit society in the long term by supporting individual ownership in the short term.

So while you get to own your ideas, you only get to own then for a "limited time". After that they are in the public domain and so can be used by others to build new ways to benefit themselves and society.

Today though powerful companies like Disney (with the help of congress) have destroyed the "limited time" balance of the copyright clause. So now rather than benefit society in the long term it is used to support the interests of powerful corporations in both the short and long term

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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.

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By the time of the Constitution, England had had a copyright law for 80 years, and its value in encouraging creativity and learning was apparent.

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