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Re: [dvd-discuss] Specific ironies of the CTEA

"Ballowe, Charles" wrote:
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Michael A Rolenz [mailto:Michael.A.Rolenz@aero.org]
> Sent: Monday, December 09, 2002 6:16 PM
> To: dvd-discuss@eon.law.harvard.edu
> Subject: Re: [dvd-discuss] Specific ironies of the CTEA
> > Hey...here's another funny thing that could happen...suppose an
> > author disappears and is declared dead after 7(?) years. His estate
> > sells of all his belongings, gives them away or whatever and distributes
> > his assets to heirs. Then the author shows up (Not implausible. Bierced
> > disappeared. Traven of Treasure of the Sierre Madre reclused to Mexico).
> > Who owns the copyright? Copyright is a FEDERAL right. Being declared
> > dead is a state or local one.
> What about cryogenics? An author is frozen and NEVER declared dead.

Copyright terms at 70 plus the "last Elvis sighting" anyone?

"Forever minus ..." doesn't work, "Life plus" is hopeless.

How's this for a "sound byte" --

Fix Copyright.  

(both in the sense of restoring it's broken balance, and fix (as in
limit to a specific amount) the term.

Fix Copyright 28. 

three words, historically meaningful, captures the essence.