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There’s A War A-Brewin’

November 4, 2013

I’m back at the blog! To try and get back in the habit of blogging regularly, I’m going to try and post some small things every day this week. Mostly links, but hopefully a few other things later.

This first link is a great Washington Post article about the next copyright legal battle coming up. The current copyright extensions that keep most films under the ownership of film studios will expire in five years, which means that lobbyists have to start working now to get legislators to understand why it’s in the public interest for corporations to keep those works from falling into the public domain. I was trying to stay neutral, but I think that last sentence betrays my leanings a bit.

The difference between now and 15 years ago when the last extension was granted is that a) people know about public domain and copyright and b) people care about public domain and copyright.

Anyway, this article goes into a lot of interesting detail about the fight that’s about to happen.

Which side are you on?

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