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Copyright term extended from 50 to 70 years. Modular Synthesizers
Old 18th September 2011
Originally Posted by Bob Olhsson View Post
This idea that copyright only benefits corporations is right out of George Orwell.
Paul McCartney, still touring, still hiring and supporting younger musicians, still hiring and supporting hundreds of road crew.
Ringo Starr, still touring, still hiring and supporting younger musicians, and less well off musicians, still hiring and supporting tens of crew.

The greedy estates line is also a myth.
Old 19th September 2011
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Do people really just sign up for Gearslutz just to berade musicians? Do they have nothing else to do? Obviously...
Old 19th September 2011
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Originally Posted by Yoozer View Post
Extension is 1) relatively easy to achieve - just buy the right people, and 2) immensely profitable, because it means you don't have to create any new works; you just milk existing ones. It's a bonus if your artist offs him- or herself at 27 - those two or three legendary albums are now full profit and do not need to sponsor a drug habit and a destructive lifestyle.
Personally I'd much rather support Paul McCartney having the ability to continue to profit off of the genius works he gave us, than open them up to the public domain where some hack can bastardize them and make a fortune. Who cares if he doesn't give us something new, if the Beatles catalogue isn't enough I don't know what to say. He did his part and it's time for someone new to do something else. I don't see where this public domain thing should matter at all, except to encourage you that if you actually ever create something universally relevant you will continue to profit for a long time.

Besides, wasn't the copyright term already 70/75 years in the US? This is just a European thing, right?
Old 20th September 2011
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There's a ton of misinformation about this being circulated by the tech industry investment bankers.

Most countries signed a treaty over ten years ago agreeing to extend everybody's copyright term to match everybody else so as to facilitate international enforcement. This was done because copyrights had been expiring at different times in different countries. This was all the Bono act did and it's precisely what the others are doing.
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