I heartily concur that the "copyright cartel" has totally skewed copyright law "because they can." They've found ways (read: campaign bribery) to influence politicians such that the situation threatens not to be fixed, but in fact, to be exacerbated. It's already hindering progress and limiting proper interest in current talent that is less and less able to get compensated for their talent and efforts (to wit, starving musicians and almost non-existent private movie-makers), as moguls sit atop the heap and freeze out such talent.
Innovation in these industries is being stifled through the copyright cartel's litigiousness (just as the same tendency has totally skewed health care). But the trial lawyer group continues to have its politicians--particularly, but not exclusively, democraps) in their hip pocket.
The DMCA should be repealed, and we should go back to the original term limits in force on copyrights at 1920 "after the reset."
posted on 12/24/2009 8:40:23 AM PST
Wonder if this precedence can be applied to patents, too.
And what about all of those cheesy sitcoms of the 60s, 70s, and 80s. Wonder if the actors can renegotiate their contracts... 30 years later.
A lot of the actors got screwed and are not getting any royalties from syndication.
Probably apples and oranges.
posted on 12/24/2009 8:44:03 AM PST
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