Apparently some silly USians want to extend copyright again: boingboing.net/2018/05/18/orri

Repeating my Twitter reaction:

When will musicians realize that their biggest competitor is ALL THE PAST RECORDINGS EVER and revolt against this madness?

The Internet is not what makes music hard work. Never was! It's competing with Elvis & Mozart.

Demand the right to build on the past, not compete with it.

@HerraBRE At some point we need to point out that if the law keeps getting extended and Mickey Mouse never falls into the public domain, copyright as Congress defines it is no longer limited in extend and therefore falls outside the authority the Constitution gives it to grant copyright for a LIMITED period.

@seanl Probably true.

But that's a largely U.S. specific argument which is only a weak defense anyway.

I can't bring myself to get excited about fighting over crumbs.

@herrabre @seanl It's addressed in the article. The Supreme Court decision that allowed Sony Bono to stand was based on "[no seriously this is probably the last one]" and yet another increase would undermine that.

No need to get excited, but particular, specific points against specific increases in dominant parts of the world is part of what will hold perpetual copyright back.

US-specific arguments are super important, simply because they are the big intellectual monopoly and they are keeping everyone else on a leash.

@clacke @seanl Holding it back, playing defense forever, just isn't enough.

We need to roll it back to something sane. Probably not abolishing it entirely, but copyright should be measured in decades, not lifetimes.

My opinion, of course.

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@djabadu @clacke @seanl I don't understand your question. Why so much? Why so little? Why not multiples of 12? Why copyright at all?

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@HerraBRE @seanl @clacke
Well yeah, but you were the one who said decades of copyright.
@clacke @HerraBRE @seanl
Oh shit, I misread. I thought he wanted decades of copyright. Nevermind
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