Linked by David Adams on Tue 26th Oct 2004 16:30 UTC
Editorial The software industry is undergoing a gradual transformation, and consumer fatigue is at its root. The licensing model that has formed the basis for the modern software industry is facing challenges on many fronts, and the industry is scrambling to keep its footing. Where this period of change may lead software producers and consumers isn't quite clear, but some trends are emerging. Since the proliferation of the internet, unauthorized redistribution of digital goods has become rampant. But although software sharing probably won't kill the software industry, the reasoning behind it shares some pedigree with the customer revolt that promises to transform the way software is sold.
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Re: Jophn Deo (IP:
by drsmithy on Wed 27th Oct 2004 10:29 UTC

It's in generall protected for about 25 years.After that they have to release the same again to get a new cycle going.

In most countries (where copyright is respected at all), a work is copyrighted for 70 years *after* the death of the copyright holder.

So that Radiohead album you buy today won't be in the Public Domain for at least ~100 years and for that time, Radiohead and their descendants are able to make money from that album.

How on Earth does this system encourage Radiohead to create more work ? Their great-great-great-grandchildren will still be able to make money from their albums. Where's the incentive ?

There is no justification whatsoever for copyright lasting beyond the death of the copyright holder.