Edgerton, Paul A
paul.edgerton at eds.com
Thu Jan 27 15:08:42 PST 2005
The original purpose of Copyrights in the US was to provide a reasonable
time for an author to profit from his work and then to ensure his work
enters the public domain for the benefit of all. The trade off was a period
of exclusive protection in exchange for subsequently releasing the work to
the public. The meaning of "a reasonable time" was 7 years, with a 7 year
extension during the author's lifetime.
What we have today is so far removed from the aim of ensuring that work end
up in the public domain as to be a vicious joke. Today's intellectual
property laws amount to a corporate welfare program. When the law is so far
removed from reality that unreasonable methods are necessary to enforce it,
and when the bulk of the population ignores it -- it's time to change the
-- Paul Edgerton, IANAL, thank you very much.
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