The Death of the Public Domain

So there’s this other thing I found (how professional):

http://www.aljazeera.com/indepth/opinion/2013/03/201332585324978567.html

I guess it’s an opinion piece, but still good.

Basically it talks about how copyright laws are becoming outdated and need some serious revision. Which is true, but they keep revising it so suit their own needs. The article also talks about the tragedy of the dwindling public domain, and even cites an article where the court can take stuff from the public domain and put it under protection again: http://web.law.duke.edu/cspd/publicdomainday/2013/shrinking. It then goes on to talk about gender issues in government or something, I kinda stopped reading it at that point.

This is scary. Things can be taken out of the public domain and placed under private ownership? Why? Why the hell would anyone want to do that? Seriously, if it wasn’t bad enough that things can’t go into the public domain for years, now things are being taken out? Pretty soon there won’t be anything left, and then where will we be? A pretty sad world.

This all comes back to the same thing I’ve been ranting about and abusing for the past three months: copyright was meant to protect artistic works. Then the industry happened, and they noticed the amount of money they could be making off of these works. It all boils down to the money. This is now clearer thane ever if they’re starting to take things out of the public domain. Really, 70 years after the death of the author is crazy, especially (as the author of the article points out) if that author has no heirs to inherit the rights. What’s the point in all of this?

Basically, I guess I’m just mourning what is left of the public domain. If this keeps up they’re won’t be anything left.

Are we just going to sit back and let it happen?

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