doctorow at May 2nd, 2014 21:00 — #1
kpkpkp at May 2nd, 2014 21:28 — #2
Good ideas can come from any party. It's good copyright policy that matters and copyright policy, which in this country right now, is dictated by our publishing and recording industries via Congress through a combination of revolving door hiring, political contributions, prolonging the time limit of works that should have entered the public domain long ago.
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boundegar at May 2nd, 2014 22:42 — #4
This might be one of those strange cases where business cuts off their nose to spite their face - and knowingly. The WalMart heirs lobby fiercely for cuts in food stamps, for example, despite the fact they're a huge portion of their corporate revenues. Likewise, free copying of music has been shown to boost sales, yet the RIAA keeps suing fans.
Sometimes helping yourself isn't as satisfying as hurting others.
newliminted at May 2nd, 2014 23:29 — #5
This is the clearest, most succinct example which proves copyright law is fucked:
MLK didn't write it for profit, he wrote it to motivate Congress and the American public. He made fair use of other works and if there had been a CC license, he surely would have used it. But corporations rule the US now, and we're all poorer for it.
melted_crayons at May 3rd, 2014 00:14 — #6
Greed doesn't allow anything less.
aloisius at May 3rd, 2014 01:02 — #7
Good god I agree with a Republican.
bolamig at May 3rd, 2014 02:22 — #8
The mayone campaign is the only thing I have donated to in a year. I just can't see any better use of my money than stopping the corruptive effects of money in politics.
ashen_victor at May 3rd, 2014 04:34 — #9
It seems fair, it makes sense, and it's even practical!
Are you sure this gentleman is a politician? A Republican Party politician?!
ghostly1 at May 3rd, 2014 12:24 — #10
Under current policy, there will never be another Disney Corp., because the availability of new materials to use from the public domain essentially stopped in the 1930s,
And that's exactly how Disney Corp wants it.
But seriously, it's not perfect, but this proposal is a hell of an improvement over the current system. The only additional major thing I'd like to see is some kind of scheme allowing derivative works without permission, even while the copyright period is going on (maybe after the first renewal), as long as a certain proportion of the revenue gets kicked back to the copyright owner (exactly what proportion depending on both how long after the original, and how much of the original content is used... if you, say made an unauthorized Back to the Future 2 where they went back to scenes in the original film you'd have to pony up much more than if you did a completely original story that happened to have Superman as a minor character in it). It's not like that's likely to happen, but, then, it's not like this proposal is either, so I might as well shoot for the moon!
gilbertwham at May 3rd, 2014 14:43 — #11
I'm a republican, inasmuch as I'm for the removal, and possible beheading, of royalty.
derekkhanna at May 3rd, 2014 17:37 — #12
I'm sure you'd agree with some of my other work as well. Free markets + innovation = good.
derekkhanna at May 3rd, 2014 17:38 — #13
Not a politician. I spearheaded the phone unlocking campaign as well, just made sense.
derekkhanna at May 3rd, 2014 17:39 — #14
Good point. This report for R Street was only on term length. While in congress I wrote on many areas of reform, and I did a law journal piece with Cardozo as well expanding on that. For your point in particular, I filed comments with NTIA, Department of Commerce, to remove statutory damages for all transformative uses. Check it out here and let me know what you think: ntia.doc.gov/files/ntia/khanna_-tehraniancomments.pdf
marc45 at May 3rd, 2014 18:07 — #15
Yes, I agree. The whole idea of Copyright was to protect the financial interest of creators and thus allowing them a viable business model.
Unfortunately, I see this proposal as something that will pass "when hell freezes over". You don't fuck with Disney. It's a great idea though!
bloo at May 3rd, 2014 23:56 — #17
Good article, and clear even for an "educated layman". I had one small question about the statement
In 2012, the home media consumption market that the MPAA tried to stamp out blossomed into an $18 billion dollar market.3
Didn't that market in fact include many re-releases of the same content (special editions, boxed sets, etc.) that show the content industry's vested interest in constantly re-selling their content? I feel this is important because it seems to be a major source of income for them.
drew_g at May 4th, 2014 05:01 — #18
In some cases, yes, but a truly Free market doesn't care about "good" so much as it does "profitable", and what's profitable and what's good can be directly opposite one another (see: tobacco industry, asbestos industry, radium-dial-painting industry, early match manufacturing industry etc.)
doctorow at May 7th, 2014 21:00 — #19
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