The Corporate Takeover of Copyright

Source: Law & Liberty
by Richard Smith

“Admittedly, governments have reasons for guaranteeing long terms of copyright protection. It’s easy to argue, for example, that an author should control the product of his labor during his lifetime. And if an author pens the Great American Novel in his 20s, and lives to 100, then — good for him! US copyright law, however, adds a further 70 years of copyright protection beyond the life of the author. Again, the reasons are laudable — post-life extensions of this sort originated in France, and with the aim of providing for the livelihood of an author’s widow and children. But what if an author sells his copyright to a corporation?” ()5/07/24)