Saturday, December 5, 2015

Copyright

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/trekcontinues/star-trek-continues-2015-kirkstarter-20/posts/1345184?ref=backer_project_update

Fans are working on create new episodes of the original Star Trek.  They are doing this because the holders of the copyright are not making new episodes and there is a huge demand for continuing episodes of this TV show.

In the United States copyright can be 120 years or even more in some cases.  This amounts to essentially an eternal copyright since it's so long that no one alive when a book is published or TV show is first made will be alive to see the end of the copyright.

Copyright exists so that authors will have an incentive to publish their works and then make a living off that work.  Initially they were 14 years with a possible renewal for 14 more years.  I think that was reasonable.  Now companies are simply milking copyright and providing nothing new for the benefits they receive; that's the view from the Hysterical Right Wing.

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