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: Archangel (IP: ---.adsl.ihug.co.nz)
by drsmithy on Wed 27th Oct 2004 11:13 UTC

I'm pretty sure Australia uses 25 years - check out Project Gutenberg, they have a bunch of e-books available which are in the public domain. They're working on 25 years after the author's death.

According to this:

http://www.copyright.org.au/PDF/InfoSheets/G010.pdf

The general case is currently 50 years after the author's death, extending to 70 years (thanks to the AUS-US FTA) at the end of this year.

However, this is really semantics. My point is copyright should expire well within the creator's lifetime, not well after it.


Incidentally, where in NZ do you live ?