Piracy is Progressive Taxation, and Other Thoughts on the Evolution of Online Distribution
Subject:   copyright > 28yrs is THEFT
Date:   2003-07-10 12:48:48
From:   anonymous2
Response to: copyright > 28yrs is THEFT

I agree with you that this is a MAJOR issue, and that the change in copyright laws that changed copyrights from 28 years to life of author plus something pretty long was a major theft from the public...with no justification other than greed of publishers. Can we really imagine, for example, that Dr. Seuss in 1937 would not have published "To THink that I saw it on Mulberry Street" if he had thought that after 28 years it would enter the public domain? Or 56 years with renewal?

The present situation is that anything published after 1923 is subject to ridiculously long copyrights, and it would be good if a movement were to arise to challenge this matter, both through legal appeals and through legislation...after all, there are far more who will benefit from shorter copyright periods than those who will lose.