An Interesting view on Duration of Copyright
Here is an interesting article and discussion I stumbled across on the benefits versus the disadvantage of having an essentially perpetual copyright.
I am personally of the opinion that the duration of the current copyright law is absurd. If I live a full life, my book on the Faith of America’s Presidents could be under copyright for well over 125 years, possibly something nearing 150. I think the concept that my book and songs could still be under copyright in (say) 2136 is completely ludicrous.
And therein lies the heart of the issue: What is the goal of creating intellectual property—say, for the purposes of this blog, a song? To get righ, or to contribute something of lasting value?
If the sole purpose is to get rich, perhaps a perpetual copyright sounds like a good idea. But if the goal is more to create something of lasting value, works under copyright but decades past the point of financial viability will gather dust until everyone has forgotten about them, and then when they do enter the public domain, it will be too late, since everyone will have forgotten about them.