Saturday, March 5, 2016

Copyright

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l94v4YOqxOc

In the last couple years I have been watching movies and TV shows that are based on the Star Trek franchise.  These are not from Paramount, they are from fans of the various Star Trek universes.  They are being made without the intention of making money.

Since they are made freely available, their contention is that Paramount has no basis to take copyright action against the makers of these fan films.  Paramount can't claim these fans are making money, so Paramount can't claim they are losing money.

I think some of these films are terrible, and some of them are great.  Overall, I think these films are filling a need that copyright law has prevented until now.  Limiting these franchises to Paramount only, essentially forever, is a bad idea for society.  Copyright is too long and should be greatly shortened, particularly when the public is not receiving a benefit from the copyright; that's the view from the Hysterical Right Wing.

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