Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 8th Oct 2010 13:53 UTC
Legal You think only "pirates" and "freeloaders" rail against current copyright laws? Well, think again - even the Library of Congress seemingly has had enough. The topic is recorded sound preservation, and in a 181-page in-depth study, the Library of Congress concludes that apart from technical difficulties, US copyright law makes it virtually impossible for anyone to perform any form of audio preservation. The painted picture is grim - very grim.
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Comment by KLU9
by KLU9 on Fri 8th Oct 2010 15:53 UTC
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The situation in the US:
If you do anything before 2067 to preserve the recording on a wax-cylinder from 1895, the terrorists win. Do you really hate hard-working American families that much? Thank God Senator Orrin Hatch and the RIAA love America's children more than you do.

The situation in Europe:
Sound recordings up to 1960 are already in the public domain. The terrorists have won. Our only hope of restoring the justice of eternal and infinite copyright (and therefore saving our own children's lives!) lies in the selfless efforts of the likes of Bono and Cliff Richard, as they cry all the way to the bank about artists not being rewarded for their creativity.

Let's hope that by the time you finish reading this sentence, copyright will have been extended another 99 years... you know, to justly compensate that bloke sitting by a mic in 1895. If he'd thought that in 2066 librarians would be able to copy his recording without his permission, he would never have made it in the first place.

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