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[dvd-discuss]YAATEA-Yet Another Anti-Term Extension Argument
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- Subject: [dvd-discuss]YAATEA-Yet Another Anti-Term Extension Argument
- From: microlenz(at)earthlink.net
- Date: Sun, 27 Jan 2002 12:41:56 -0800
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As Lessig pointed out there were over 20,000 things copyrighted in
1924 yet only about 200 are still in print today. 200/20000=1%
which is worse than Sturgeon's law. Copyright extension benefits
LESS than 1% of the creators but presents a potential
administrative burden on the government and society of 99 times
as much. Clearly the costs out weigh the benefits.
Furthermore, if that 1% has withstood the test of time, then since
no benefits can come to the creators (who in all likelihood are
dead), then the government has a compelling interest to let those
works enter the public domain to promote progress.
Of course, we all know why they want to keep their 1%. In true
Hollywierd Accounting "Winners pay for losers". THe longer terms
merely mean that they can create more losers. That hardly
promotes progress either but then if Hollywierd can't have it
summarized on a sheet of paper, they don't understand it.