Copyright and popular culture

Discussion in 'NZ Computing' started by Lawrence D'Oliveiro, Nov 28, 2006.

  1. A good, well-reasoned essay from the Times
    <http://www.timesonline.co.uk/article/0,,1072-1657575,00.html> against
    efforts in the UK to get the copyright term extended from 50 to 95 years.
    Quotes a great many precedents for how new artistic works have arisen
    precisely as derivatives from previous works, which would be forbidden by
    extended copyright protection.

    Some prescient arguments by Thomas Macaulay against a similar attempt over a
    century and a half ago:

    Many valuable works, he argued, would be suppressed — and publishers
    treated with such contempt that the reading public would happily turn
    to “piratical booksellersâ€.

    Which is the sort of thing the RIAA and MPAA are complaining about right
    now...
     
    Lawrence D'Oliveiro, Nov 28, 2006
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    Peter Guest

    The Macaulay speech is a really interesting read, and raises valid issues
    for current debates on copyright.
    http://www.kuro5hin.org/story/2002/4/25/1345/03329

    Sadly, the UK government has shown it is subservient to the USA, so it will
    be no surprise which way they will decide on this issue.


    Peter
     
    Peter, Nov 28, 2006
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    steve Guest

    Customers rule.....one way or another.

    MPAA and RIAA take note.
     
    steve, Nov 30, 2006
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