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Re: [ARSCLIST] Vinegar syndrome audio tapes [ARSCLIST] Memorex CDs and more
On 21/01/06, Bob Olhsson wrote:
> Steven C. Barr wrote:
>> ... the owners of the copyrights of most sound recordings fall firmly
>> into group I, and are employing the classic "dog in the manger"
>> attitude toward sound recordings...e.g. "We own it...you CAN'T
>> reissue it...and we WON'T reissue it because it doesn't promise
>> enough profit!"
>> To make things worse, they are apparently trying to extend the US
>> concept of pseudo-eternal copyright to all known countries
> I fall firmly in the first camp yet I don't own even a single
> Massive financial interests lie behind the volumes of press releases
> promoting this idea that "copyright," (i.e. individuals having the
> right to equity in what they create) has become excessive. This is
> because they stand to profit handsomely from forcing contemporary
> "content providers" into accept lower royalties because they are
> competing economically with a larger public domain. Stock values have
> soared behind the public perception that electronic distributors will
> take a dominant position in negotiations for "content" over
> traditional media.
> I'm concerned about this because it's a classic case of killing the
> goose that laid the golden egg. Copyright equity is how we in the
> creative community finance everything we do. Limiting copyright can
> only lead to a return to the government or corporate patronage of the
> 18th century arts community.
But why should copyright persist for more than two generations after the
goose is dead?