Subject: Re: NYT Editorial: The Coming of Copyright Perpetuity
| At 09:43 PM 1/16/2003 -0500, [log in to unmask] wrote:
| >Since the purpose of copyright is to benefit and encourage the person who
| >creates of the work, any extension beyond the lifetime of the author is
| >physically unlimited, since the benefit to a person cannot extend beyond that.
| No, the purpose of copyright is "To promote the progress of science and
| useful arts, by securing for limited times to authors and inventors the
| exclusive right to their respective writings and discoveries". As usual,
| the devil is in the details - in particular, in that the "authors and
| inventors" now include their heirs and assigns, and that work for hire is
| registered by a corporation which is a legal "person" and therefore
| entitled to protection.
| In my untrained and inexpert opinion, the decision by the Supremes comes
| down to declaring that the Constitutional purpose may be ignored given the
| Constitutional power assigned to the Congress.
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So join the campaign and write the members of congress, as they are the only ones now that can do anything about it. Or vote them out...the ones that seem to be owned by the corporations.