[LINK] Downer on FTA copyright changes
jwhit at melbpc.org.au
Fri Jun 18 08:32:49 EST 2004
At 10:53 AM 17/06/04 +0800, James Devenish wrote:
>Aside: do you realise that Australian copyright law hardly gives owners
>any wilful way to put their work into the public domain? The passive
>expiration of copyright is one of the few (only?) ways this can be
>achieved. Surely this represents a staggering volume of work that is
>copyrighted against the intent of its own copyright owners.
If this was the case, the GPL would be invalid here, wouldn't it? Or is
this a case of the person who has issued the GPL is saying in Australia
that I won't take you on for copyright breaches, e.g. chosen
non-enforcement of the right?
>The people of today can live well from the royalties
>generated on copyrights established by the previous generation while
>creating nothing new at all, leaving the following generation with no new
>artistic works for two generations.
I have an idea: change the cr act so that copyright can only apply to a
natural person, and that the assignment to any corporate entity only holds
during the life of the individual and not their estate or
descendents. That would stop the Disney Syndromes, right?
Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
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