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RE: [dvd-discuss] Must Copyright terms be uniform?

Agreed -- but if a company (Disney?) still wishes to hold rights to
something, wouldn't letting them do so and requiring a fee based on
sales be potentially useful, particularly if that fee went directly
into a program promoting arts and and science in schools? I'd prefer 
copyright to be short, but if that's not going to happen, the people
should receive something to help promote the arts.

-Charles Ballowe

> -----Original Message-----
> From: John Zulauf [mailto:johnzu@ia.nsc.com]
> Subject: Re: [dvd-discuss] Must Copyright terms be uniform?
> Which of course invalidates the whole point of "promoting progress" --
> if only the unvaluable works enter the public domain, then 
> the public's
> benefit and reason for providing the monopoly in the first 
> place.  Works
> must still be contemporary, relevant, and valuable when they enter the
> public domain, or the constitutional mandate of "promoting 
> progress" is
> not met, and the term of the copyright is unconstitutional.
> .002