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RE: [dvd-discuss] Petition for rational copyright law
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- Subject: RE: [dvd-discuss] Petition for rational copyright law
- From: Jim Bauer <jfbauer(at)comcast.net>
- Date: Tue, 03 Jun 2003 20:38:36 -0400 (EDT)
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I have trouble seeing how this will work. Of course, I have
trouble seeing how the current system works too.
How would I tell is the copyright holder did indeed pay
their $1 at the 50 year mark? If I assume there is some
sort of copyright registration required for the extention
then I am still left whith determining how to search it.
For something big, like a movie, that might be easy. But
how can I search for something small like a posting to a mailing
list like this?
What we need IMO is to know, from the moment of publication,
the date a copyrighted worke gains PD status.
In 04-Jun-2003 Wendy Seltzer wrote:
> [Not quite DVD-related, but important]
> The Supreme Court's decision in Eldred v. Ashcroft told us we'd have
> to take our case to Congress to reclaim for public use the vast
> quantity of art and literature under copyright but out of print. The
> draft Public Domain Enhancement Act would help do that by requiring
> copyright holders to pay a nominal fee 50 years after publication.
> Under this proposed Act, copyright holders still commercially
> exploiting their copyrights could retain those copyrights, and would
> update the records telling others where to contact them for
> licensing. Works that copyright holders didn't value at even $1,
> however, would go into the public domain -- where others might find
> new ways to use them.
> We think this Act would restore some of the public's copyright
> balance. If you agree, please consider signing the petition below:
> Thanks for your interest in Openlaw!