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interesting research on copyright
Sean Gallagher, Photographer, Photo Editor
St. Louis | MO | USA | Posted: 11:08 AM on 07.21.07
->> A researcher from Cambridge University says the "optimal level for copyright" is 14 years. His reasoning is based mostly on the decline in costs involved with producing creative material as well as the social value of having work enter the public domain.

http://arstechnica.com/news.ars/post/20070712-research-optimal-copyright-te...
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John Plassenthal, Photographer
Vandalia | OH | USA | Posted: 8:44 PM on 07.21.07
->> Routine Disclaimer: Want legal advice see a laywer, I'm not, don't pretend to be, just relaying my understanding as a interested citizen.

I would like to see his assumptions and the data that he uses in his calculations. I think the current timeframe of 75 years after the author's death is a little extreme, but 14 years seems a little short. I would agree that the timeframe should be shorter if only to avoid issues like I had a couple years ago.

I was working on a video on the B-17 and wanted to use a specific big-band recording as background music. Unfortunately the artist who wrote the song was dead, the publisher who published the music was out of business, and the record company was defunct and the rights had been transferred to a holding company that was also defunct. It was impossible to determine who currently owned the rights so we could get permission to use it. In the end we had to settle for a song that was not as good. While the end result was ok, it wasn't what it could have been.

On the other side of the coin, I would want credit for my work much longer than 14 years. How much longer is the question I have trouble answering. I do agree with his point that the current limits are set more by lobbying than a resonable standard. A copyright from the year I was born will expire in 2060. One from today will live 75 years after the death of the author. So if a 22 year old creates a work and he lives to be 92, the work will enter the public domain in 2152.
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