Monday, July 04, 2005

The Eonomist and copyright

An article in The Economist, briefly covering the Grokster decision, rounds off with this surpising conclusion:

"A first, useful step would be a drastic reduction of copyright back to its original terms—14 years, renewable once. This should provide media firms plenty of chance to earn profits, and consumers plenty of opportunity to rip, mix, burn their back catalogues without breaking the law. The Supreme Court has somewhat reluctantly clipped the wings of copyright pirates; it is time for Congress to do the same to the copyright incumbents."

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