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Authored by: Anonymous on Thursday, March 21 2013 @ 06:08 PM EDT

What does reinstating expired copyrights have to do with the blackout period except to remove stuff from the public domain so it can re-enter the public domain again? In short: remove something from the public domain to create the illusion of something entering.

The "blackout period" I spoke of has to do with logic. A simple scenario to show the concept:

Let's say the copyright period is 5 years, and every year, 50 books are produced.

    1950: 50 books, expire 1955
    1951: 50 books, expire 1956
    1952: 50 books, expire 1957
    1953: 50 books, expire 1958
    1954: 50 books, expire 1959
    1955: 50 books, expire 1960, 50 books enter pd from 1950 (public domain)
In 1956, copyright law is extended to 10 years for all works, existing and new
    1956: 50 books, expire 1966, no books enter pd
    1957: 50 books, expire 1967, no books enter pd
    ...
    1961: 50 books, expire 1971, 50 books enter pd from 1951
In the example, between 1966 and 1970 you had a 5 year period - the length of the extension - in which no new material entered the public domain. A blackout period.

Let's say you reinstated the 50 books from 1950 into copyright protection - removing them from the public domain. 50 books would then enter the public domain in 1970 (rather then 1971) - but they'd be books that were already in the public domain at one point. Not new material.

RAS

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