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Authored by: Wol on Saturday, November 17 2012 @ 06:40 PM EST
The big problem I see is that Berne says "automatic 50 years".

But I'd alter slightly. Let's go back to the old 14 year term. Actually let's
make that 15. Registration is free, but you have to keep your contact details
up-to-date.

Renewal for the next 15 years is a small administrative charge. Then two more
renewals for 10 years at a not-expensive cost. Those are all as-of-right for the
copyright *owner*, covering Berne's 50 years.

At which point, we then come to the crunch. I would, personally, say further
indefinite 10-year renewals are permitted BY THE CREATOR for a fee. For
fairness, I would also allow the heirs to do a once-only renewal within 18
months of the creator's death. (Otherwise, it's a lottery how much inheritance
the heirs get.)

Businesses - things like Steamboat Willie etc? Actually, I have no problem with
perpetual copyright provided it is exactly that - COPYING the product! In return
for a percentage of gross revenue, Disney can keep their copyrights - so long as
they also preserve the material, and allow a fairly expansive "fair
use". So trivial excerpts would not be protected, but the experience of
watching the entire film would be.

I'm not sure how you get that to fit in with other countries' copyright laws
(like ours, for example), or with sites like flickr, etc etc, but I think that's
a good start.

Cheers,
Wol

[ Reply to This | Parent | # ]

  • Yeah - Authored by: Anonymous on Monday, November 19 2012 @ 02:03 AM EST
    • Blanket licencing - Authored by: Wol on Monday, November 19 2012 @ 12:23 PM EST
      • Preservation - Authored by: Wol on Monday, November 19 2012 @ 01:04 PM EST
      • hmm - Authored by: Anonymous on Monday, November 19 2012 @ 02:19 PM EST
        • hmm - Authored by: Wol on Tuesday, November 20 2012 @ 07:14 AM EST
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