Another spin at copyright law is needed

  • Article by: DREW HAMRE
  • Updated: October 5, 2012 - 8:16 PM

Let's update it for the digital age and cut the influence of industry lobbyists.

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darkelfOct. 5, 12 9:08 PM

American copyright law is a complete sham, and the only greater crime is that we've been busy trying to push it onto everyone else.

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stinamond5Oct. 6, 12 6:10 AM

I am a 63 year old man. I have bought records and 8-tracks during the sixties,cassettes in the seventies and eighties,CDs in the nineties, and download very little now. I remember buying the album "Super Session" in record form,cassette, and CD. If I was to illegally download this now I would be breaking the copyright law. At what point do I actually own this copyrighted music,or do I ever?

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gandalf48Oct. 6, 12 8:25 AM

This would be common sense, if individuals aren't profiting from the music then how can you claim that the damages are that much more than the cost of the product. I could even understand punishing those who illegally download music at 10 times the cost of the product as a deterrent/message to other people who are thinking of doing the same thing. But once again in these cases the damages might reach $500 not millions of dollars...these laws are the perfect example of powerful special interest groups with money influencing politics to intimidate ordinary citizens.

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FrankLOct. 6, 12 9:02 AM

Make it the same protection as a patent, 20 years is typical. Why is it if I hum a tune in the shower and record it, I get protection for 75+ years. Yet if I spend huge amounts of time and money developing a new way to record music, I can only get 20 years of protection. Gee I wonder why our kids would rather be entertainers than engineers?

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allotropeOct. 6, 1210:23 AM

stinamond5: Legally, neither you nor anyone else -- including the label and artist -- can ever "own" a song or any other art. What they do have is an exclusive time during which they have certain controls over the copying of their product.

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davehougOct. 6, 12 1:15 PM

I purchase a book. I can lend / give THAT book to who I want. I do NOT have the right to photocopy the book so I can keep one and lend / give the other away.

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