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[dvd-discuss] Must Copyright terms be uniform?
- To: Openlaw DMCA Forum <dvd-discuss(at)cyber.law.harvard.edu>
- Subject: [dvd-discuss] Must Copyright terms be uniform?
- From: "Michael A Rolenz" <Michael.A.Rolenz(at)aero.org>
- Date: Mon, 5 Nov 2001 08:26:47 -0800
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Is there any reason why limited times for copyright material must be
UNIFORM in duration?
Leaving aside the maximum duration (120yrs is ridiculous! ). Copyright is
a burden upon society. Why must that burden extend to 6 generations for
things that even one generation has discarded? Does anybody make 8086s?,
8080s, 80386s? 68000s, What of the old 707 op amp? The masks for these
things all get copyright protection. What of software? DOS2.0 protected
into the next century? Does everything have to have the same term? I don't
see why. THe purpose of copyright is to promote progress but at a certain
point things aren't progressing. I think Prof. Litman is right. For
digital formats and media not only do we need to go back to what copyright
should be but also we need to rethink just what it means to copyright and
for what duration.