Interesting article at
http://news.com.com/2008-1082_3-1013830.html?part=ctx&tag=chl about Prof.
Lawrence Lessig's attempt to make copyright dependent on payment of a $1
fee at the 50 year mark, rather than automatic. As Lessig puts it,
"Congress was just trying to extend the term for the 2 percent of content
that had commercial value, but they gave no thought to that vast majority
of content that had no commercial value." and "If the copyright's not worth
a dollar to you after 50 years, what reasonable person would say it should
In answer to the last question, the MPAA is of course against the proposal.
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