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Re: [dvd-discuss] Re: [dvd-discuss digest 2003] V #207

I like John's idea but offer the following variations.

2a) A reproducable copy be lodged with a public repositry (Library of Congress 
perhaps?) as part of the registration.

2b) The Registration fee be sufficient to fund the repositry's maintainance of 
the lodged copy for the next (Y) year period.

2c) in the case of unique works, such as paintings and sculptures the deposit 
can be replaced with a sworn affidavit under penalty of perjury that the work 
is unique. Perhaps require a photograph of the work.

In addition I would also set X and Y to 7. X should be less than 10.

On Friday 06 June 2003 13:59, John Schulien wrote:
> 1)  Automatic copyright on all fixated creative expression, for a period of
> (X) years, with no registration or notice required.  Essentially leave the
> current system intact for the vast majority of the economic lifetime of
> most work, preventing works from immediately lapsing into the public domain
> due to technical
> error, and giving copyright holders (X) years to figure out which of their
> works
> were of lasting value, and worth the trouble of obtaining and maintaining
> copyright
> extensions on.
> 2)  Any copyright holder wanting the copyright on a work to extend past (X)
> years must register the work with the copyright office before the
> expiration of the initial (X) year term, and  renew the copyright every (Y)
> years, up to a
> fixed maximum of  (Z) years from the year of initial creation.
> 3)  Any copyright holder wanting the copyright on a work to extend past (X)
> years must offer, for a reasonable cost, non-copy-protected copies of the
> work to the public for at least a one year period following the
> registration of copyright.
> This provision is designed to ensure that copies of the work end up in
> private hands, where they stand the best possible chance of being preserved
> and made available after the copyright expires.  This provision also
> prevents the re-registration of lost works by copyright holders who can no
> longer produce a copy of the work.
> 4)  Once a work is registered with the copyright office, all newly
> published copies must, from that moment forward, carry a proper copyright
> notice.
> I would personally set X=20, Y=5, Z=75.