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> > I'm glad to hear there's some outrage somewhere. Is anyone at least
considering
> > whether extended copyrights would apply only to new or current
recordings or
> > those made after a certain date, or whether everything would now be
covered for
> > 95 years including all those recordings now in the PD (in which case,
I'd
> > better look for a new job)?
Basically, once something has entered the public domain, one can't
renew any restrictions upon it! Anyone infringing copyright would
only have to state they did so whilst the work was in the public
domain (and the infringement was thus legal!).

RIAA, of course, seeing the first recordins of Elvis Presley
(still cash cows for them) would like to see copyright extended,
laws on infringement tightened (how about public decapitation?)
and their monopoly on musical culture strengthened...and, as my
song says, "money talks...)...but, once the cat is out of the
bag, there is nothing else to do but try and find homes for
the kittens!

...stevenc
http://users.interlinks.net/stevenc/
(speaking of which...)