Copyright laws are a little messed up in this country. The public domain is a very important source of innovation. Yes, we want to see people amply rewarded for their inventions and artistic creations, etc., but why must that extend to their children and grandchildren?
That Bing Crosby's grandchildren are still collecting on royalties they had nothing to do with more than 30 years after the old man died is ridiculous. Tell them to get off their butts and sing their own damn songs. (I have a feeling that Bing himself would be saying that if he were still alive.)
posted on 12/24/2009 10:33:22 AM PST
(I am 2 days away from outliving Lefty Frizzell)
Current copyright can be up to 120 years.
Thank Mickey Mouse for that (And Sonny Bono as he introduced the 1998 copyright extension, which is seriously called the Mickey Mouse law)
Goodness, can’t have the “Mouse” in the public domain!!
posted on 12/24/2009 10:51:10 AM PST
(WARNING: Hormonally crazed woman ahead!!)
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