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  •  That's all fine and dandy. But... (2+ / 0-)
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    VelvetElvis, Brown Thrasher

    That 45 year old Stones song, "Satisfaction" should be "Fair Use" by now.
    Jebus, how many generations of kiddies is that song gonna support before the rest of us get to "own" it??
    At some point, "Copyright Law" should expire, the "product" going out to the world for the world to use as it wishes.
    That's how it works with most products. Patents expire.
    I know I've spent a fortune on music.
    At some point I should be able to use it any damn way I choose.
    40 years, 50 years, some point that baby is mine!
    The Stones want more money, go make a new record.

    •  Copyright does expire. (0+ / 0-)

      Here's the current rules for works published from 2002 on:

      70 years after the death of author. If a work of corporate authorship, 95 years from publication or 120 years from creation, whichever expires first

      Obviously, it's probably too long a period. Patents generally last 20 years.  I certainly don't understand why corporate authorship gets extra special privilege.

      But one thing about music and other creative works.  It's very hard to duplicate success.  Very few people achieve it.  Very few get to the point where they can control the rules.  Most artists get less than 2% of total profits from a recording.   Sure, when you make it as big as the Stones, the Beatles, Madonna, U2, Jay-Z, etc.   They make a ton of money.  But they are the exception and the rules shouldn't change to fit that standard. The vast majority wouldn't be able to make a living.

      I'm curious.  What exactly would you like to do with that collection of music that you can't do now?

      Would we be so happy to have a military that dwarfs all others combined if it was a line item deduction on our paychecks next to FICA."

      by Back In Blue on Mon Jan 23, 2012 at 05:26:29 PM PST

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