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  •  Copyrightt law in this country (11+ / 0-)

    needs an overhaul. Patent law, too. Trademark law is the only area of IP without serious controversy or technical issues as far as I can tell.

    If music and film companies want even more protection than they've already got, it's time to start reducing the number of years copyright is good for. Make it 35 or 50 years, but that's it, the protection is GONE once the time runs out.

    At this point if the MPAA and RIAA still haven't got what they need it's their own fault because they've been writing the legislation themselves and bribing Congress to pass it ever since Sonny Bono and the Senator from Disney were around.

    Time to overhaul the whole stinking mess so that it benefits THE PUBLIC at the end of the process, not enable record companies to sue kids for outlandish amounts. Oh, and the committee that looks into the overhaul should be composed of ordinary citizens and experts, none of which are affiliated with the entertainment industry or subject to bribery by same.

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