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Re: [ARSCLIST] Vinegar syndrome audio tapes [ARSCLIST] Memorex CDs and more
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From: "David Seubert" <seubert@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
> Tom Fine wrote:
> > ".... Now, why should this PRIVATE property ever fall into anyone's
> > hands for free? I think that's wrong. HOWEVER, I also think it's very
> > wrong to keep content locked up in megaglomerates' vaults with no
> > intent of ever letting it be heard again. What I seek is a middle
> > ground, as I said in my message regarding Bob's posting. "
> The reason why this "private property" should fall into anyone's hands
> for free is that the US Constitution promises it to us. While our
> legislators and "megaglomerates" are pushing for "perpetual copyright on
> the installment plan" (Lawrence Lessig's words, not mine), the
> constitution says: "The Congress shall have power...To promote the
> Progress of Science and useful Arts, by securing for limited Times to
> Authors and Inventors the exclusive Right to their respective Writings
> and Discoveries." The important word here is limited, and while the
> length of the term is debatable, the meaning of the world limited is not.
Has anybody ever challenged the current copyright law on this
term and its operating definition?
My oldest record is a Berliner dated April 16, 1895...and it won't
be public domain until January 1 (I think), 2067! 172 years isn't,
IMHO, exactly "limited time!"
By that time, the record artist and his progeny unto the sixth
generation or so...as well as Emile Berliner and his employees
and the descendants of all of 'em...will be somewhat dead...
And I'll have to live to 125...