What I think is wrong-headed is the notion that any one country deserves a shorter copyright term than others and other countries should be expected to take away their citizens' property rights in order to conform. I'd love free dining in an elegant French restaurant too.
You have to start with every country on the same page because of modern communications technology. There's literally nothing left to talk about if copyright can't be enforced other than the demise of culture because there is no longer any incentive to create substantial new works beyond that of an enjoyable hobby and bragging rights.
On Jan 27, 2012, at 2:03 PM, Tom Fine <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
> I think this whole "debate" is a bit wrong-headed. What needs to be fixed is the current screwy system where it's a better business model to keep material out of print than not. Copyright should work to protect ownership of what's in print, but for a reasonable period of time, and should work to discourage taking or keeping anything out of print. The first mechanism is a commercial/individual benefit (the ability to own and profit from your creative work), the second is a general-societal benefit (the ability to have access to, learn from and buy as wide a variety of creative work as possible). Good laws encompass both goals.
> -- Tom Fine