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How Intellectual Property promotes the progress of science and the useful arts (cont’d)

Fun fact: So under the current copyright law, almost all books held under copyright by their original authors stay under copyright for the entire life of the author, plus 70 additional years after the death of the author. For works of corporate authorship, the company that owns the copyright holds it for either 95 years from the date of first publication or 120 years from the date of creation, whichever expires first. To put that in perspective, Paul Avrich’s books on the Russian Anarchists (published in 1967) Voltairine de Cleyre (published in 1978) will become available in the public domain in 2,076 CE — just over 10 years after the invention of warp drive and First Contact with the Vulcans.[1] But at least we’ll be prepared, because the first episode of Star Trek will have finally come out of monopoly a few years before, in September 2061.[2]

Abolish Intellectual Protectionism.

See also.

  1. [1]N.B.: Or, you can pirate a copy of The Russian Anarchists from Libcom now.
  2. [2]Assuming that large media companies make no efforts before 2061 to extend corporate copyright terms even further. Which they almost certainly will.

Friday Lazy Linking

<li><p><a href="http://darianworden.com/blog/2010/07/raucous-radio/">Raucous Radio. DarianW, <cite>DarianWorden.com</cite> (2010-07-20)</a>. <q>If you haven’t tuned into Thinking Liberty, you’re missing a live anarcho-podcast that keeps getting better and better. In May we moved to a new location with our own equipment, and the quality of the production improved dramatically. The improvement in production quality made us more enthusiastic and confident in...</q> <em style="font-size: smaller">(Linked Thursday 2010-07-22.)</em></p></li>
<li><p><a href="http://reason.com/blog/2010/07/22/the-vault-of-legislators">The Vault of Legislators. Jesse Walker, <cite>Jesse Walker: Reason Magazine articles and blog posts.</cite> (2010-07-22)</a>. <q>Bryan Alexander describes one gothic remnant of the Cold War: a set of underground chambers that were supposed to serve as &quot;an emergency shelter for the entire United States Congress, a hideout and bolt hole in case of nuclear war, hidden away beneath a benign-looking hotel.&quot; Built in 1958, the...</q> <em style="font-size: smaller">(Linked Thursday 2010-07-22.)</em></p></li>
<li><p><a href="http://library.duke.edu/blogs/scholcomm/2010/07/20/more-protection-for-military-faculty-or-less/">More protection for military faculty, or less? Kevin Smith, <cite>Scholarly Communications @ Duke</cite> (2010-07-20)</a>. <q>Section 105 of the U.S. Copyright Law tells us that there can be no copyright in works of the federal government.  Almost uniquely among the nations of the world, the US government does not get to exclude others (including taxpayers) from using works created by government employees as part of...</q> <em style="font-size: smaller">(Linked Thursday 2010-07-22.)</em></p></li>
<li><p><a href="http://blog.ericreasons.com/2010/07/crowdsourcing-curation-social-graph-as.html">Crowdsourcing Curation: The Social Graph as Gatekeeper. Eric Reasons, <cite>Eric Reasons</cite> (2010-07-20)</a>. <q>I've written before about the compromise we tacitly agree to when amateurs take over the roles formerly held by professionsals. The Internet promotes this takeover by lowering the cost of production and transmission to near zero for nearly every user, for everything from words (blogs) to pictures (Flickr) to video...</q> <em style="font-size: smaller">(Linked Thursday 2010-07-22.)</em></p></li>
<li><p><a href="http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/matthewyglesias/~3/MRhlCNy1jCQ/">Libertarianism on the Road. <cite>Matthew Yglesias</cite> (2010-07-22)</a>. Vulgar libertarianism is making yourself into a Toole of state capitalism. (Via Kevin Carson.) <em style="font-size: smaller">(Linked Thursday 2010-07-22.)</em></p></li>
<li><p><a href="http://news.google.com/news/url?sa=t&amp;fd=R&amp;usg=AFQjCNGV8wmq2rPrPQGl4U3-b1FJzteOiA&amp;url=http://www.democratandchronicle.com/article/20100720/LIVING/7200306/1032">Internet Archive sets goal to digitize more books - Rochester Democrat and Chronicle. <cite>&quot;library&quot; - Google News</cite> (2010-07-20)</a>. <q>Internet Archive sets goal to digitize more booksRochester Democrat and ChronicleBrewster Kahle, a digital librarian and founder of a virtual library called the Internet Archive, www.archive.org, has launched a campaign to double the ...Google preps projects to test digital librarySalt Lake Tribuneall 8 news articles »</q> <em style="font-size: smaller">(Linked Thursday 2010-07-22.)</em></p></li>

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