[Fsfe-ie] McCreevy wants 95 year copyright

Ciaran O'Riordan ciaran at fsfe.org
Fri Feb 15 15:35:44 CET 2008

"Rory Browne" <rbmlist at gmail.com> writes:
> 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.

We probably won't get to have that discussion since the Berne Convention
fixes the minimum copyright term to 50 years:

And TRIPS says that computer programs are to be covered by the Berne
Convention.  (Which is good for us because it means that TRIPS does not
regard innovations in computer programs as technical inventions which would
have to be patentable.)

I just ran across this interview with rapper Shaggy on WIPO's website:

He seems to contradict himself a bit, but his description of the music
industry implies that the current corporations should be weakened, and that
it was an absense of copyright (before 1993) that fostered music in Jamaica.

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