Copyright Law: Reading The Tea Leaves

This conversation is going to pick up momentum quickly.   The Economist weighs in quite sensibly in this post, ‘Copyright and wrong: Why the rules on copyright need to return to their roots’:

The question is how such a deal can be made equitably. At the moment, the terms of trade favour publishers too much. A return to the 28-year copyrights of the Statute of Anne would be in many ways arbitrary, but not unreasonable. If there is a case for longer terms, they should be on a renewal basis, so that content is not locked up automatically. The value society places on creativity means that fair use needs to be expanded and inadvertent infringement should be minimally penalised

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