Friday, April 9, 2010

The Economist Weighs In For Shorter Copyright Terms

Posted by timothy on Friday April 09, @01:38AM
from the and-that-guy-ought-to-know dept.
lxmota writes"The Economist says that long copyright terms are hindering creativity, and that shortening them is the way to go: 'Largely thanks to the entertainment industry's lawyers and lobbyists, copyright's scope and duration have vastly increased. In America, copyright holders get 95 years' protection as a result of an extension granted in 1998, derided by critics as the 'Mickey Mouse Protection Act'. They are now calling for even greater protection, and there have been efforts to introduce similar terms in Europe. Such arguments should be resisted: it is time to tip the balance back.'"

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