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  •  The sliding scale wouldn't necessarily make it (1+ / 0-)
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    more expensive over time.  If you don't sell anything, but just want to keep something off the market so as not to compete with your earlier works, you get 46 years of copyright basically for free.

    Suspect very little of the profit of a copyrighted work comes after 10 years.  There are certainly exceptions, and the birth of the ebook / streaming video / etc. could certainly change that, since it becomes cheaper and cheaper to keep old books available, but then the issue becomes one of discovering the copyrighted work.

    •  No, a great deal of profit can come after 10 years (0+ / 0-)

      It really just depends on the property. Think about The Wizard of Oz....Think about the entire Disney animated film archive. Think about The Lord of the Rings.

      Sure, most books and movies fade into profitless oblivion after 24 years.  But not all.  And the big drivers of the unending copyright protections are really the film companies.  This revision could finance the Library of Congress in style for a long time.

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