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RE (tilly) 5: Who owns your words? A resolution is needed.

by tilly (Archbishop)
on Nov 14, 2000 at 17:37 UTC ( #41562=note: print w/ replies, xml ) Need Help??


in reply to (brainpan) RE: x 4 Who owns your words? A resolution is needed.
in thread Who owns your words? A resolution is needed.

In point of fact the length of protection of copyright changes over time. And for a good part of the last century the period has been extending faster than time goes by.

Should this continue then pro-copyright pressure groups shall truly circumvent the US Constitution's statement that copyright shall be for limited terms by making the term of protection "forever minus a day".

An interesting question for the lawyers therefore arises if you borrow code examples from this site. Legally the copyright is clear, you need permission to use it in your own code. But practically...people wouldn't post if they were going to object to your using it!


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RE: RE (tilly) 5: Who owns your words? A resolution is needed.
by bastard (Hermit) on Nov 15, 2000 at 04:35 UTC
    I once heard that the copyright duration gets extended each time Mickey Mouse is about to enter the public domain.
      Yep. It's coming up. I know music in the States because public after 75 years.

      Also, the RSA patent on their public key encryption scheme has entered public domain. It did so in September.



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