[Fsfe-ie] McCreevy wants 95 year copyright
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Fri Feb 15 15:11:05 CET 2008
I think this is a case where we should have some give and take.
Give him the extra 45 years copyright he's asking for in
art/music/litriture, etc, and reduce the copyright on computer code by
45 years to 5 years.
I believe Iraq used to have a very enlightened copyright law. Their
copyrights expired after 20 years IIRC.
On 2/15/08, Ciaran O'Riordan <ciaran at fsfe.org> wrote:
> As European Commissioner for Internal Market, McCreevy wants to extend
> copyright from 50 years to 95 years. His reason? People are now living
> You couldn't make it up. He says he wants to ensure that teen artists can
> rely on their work providing them a pension.
> Trying to cast this as supporting the little guy, he says that it will
> support session musicians who played backing music.
> He also talks about increasing the taxes on blank media. This is something
> I think we could agree to. There's lots of room for arguing about the
> numbers and how to distribute the collected taxes, but as systems go, this
> one doesn't harm people's rights to help themselves or to help others.
> This is probably related to the EC's public consultation on "Creative
> Content Online", which has a deadline of Feb 29th:
> I'm going to look into that early next week and will discuss it here. It
> might be something worth drafting an IFSO response to.
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