Monday, December 21, 2015

Copyright

When an author writes something is book used to be protected by copyright for 14 years.  If they wanted they could extend the copyright for another 14 years.  The intent was that authors could prevent others from making money off of their works so they could make a living as an author.

If the author was no longer making a living off of the work, it could go into public domain.  Society benefited because authors could make a living being an author, but they would be incentivized to create new works to keep the money flowing in.  Now many works are protected for over 100 years.

That makes copyright essentially eternal for the life of the average person.  Society is not getting anything out of giving this protection to copyrighted works.  I think that copyright should be returned to the shorter time it used to be.  Our founding fathers knew what they were doing; that's the view from the Hysterical Right Wing.

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