[d@DCC] Creativity and cultural policy (Was: Re: [CPI-UA] Cross
leyton at fadingwaysmusic.com
Tue Apr 6 10:39:42 EDT 2004
Another great post - I love this forum and the people in it - we MUST
rally together and accomplish something outside it...
>What I meant by that, was that we (society) have been so bludgeoned with
>"respect creators! respect creators' rights! for the love of GOD, won't
>someone think of the creators?!" that the general public is confused.
>There are no small number of people who don't realize that copyright is
>not perpetual, that it isn't all-inclusive of every way of using a work,
>etc., etc. And many of the ostensible creators' rights defenders have not
>only done nothing to alleviate that confusion, they have an interest in
>maintaining that confusion. If people are confused, and think copyright is
>already perpetual, it is politically easier to extend the term. If people
>are confused, and think copyright is all-encompassing, it is politically
>easier to broaden the scope, narrow exemptions, include more classes of
>works, or neighbouring or moral rights.
>It is politically easier to take something away from the public when they
>don't know they own it in the first place. I think the would-be defenders
>of creators, to say nothing of the non-creator intermediary interests,
>know that all too well. They have no interest in disabusing my buddies of
>the wierd idea that a 250-year old book is still in copyright, or that a
>250-year old unpublished work should still be.
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