Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sat 10th Apr 2010 21:19 UTC
Legal Happy birthday to you... Happy birthday to you... Happy birthday dear copyright law... Yeah, it's April 10, the birthday of copyright (thanks, Arnoud). In 1710, 300 years ago, England enacted the very first copyright law, cutely named the Statute of Anne, after then-reigning Queen Anne. When reading about those early days of copyright, one can't help but hope we will return to those days - the Statute of Anne has little to nothing to do with modern copyright.
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Oh, the irony
by kiddo on Sun 11th Apr 2010 21:40 UTC
kiddo
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2005-07-23

Thanks Thom for a very well written and insightful historical perspective. I love it.

Now, I just wanted to highlight a delicious irony that jumped at me when I looked at the bottom of the page in the "printable version":

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(emphasis mine)

Maybe it's time to evaluate copyleft licenses for OSNews contents? I'm just sayin' ;)

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RE: Oh, the irony
by ozonehole on Sun 11th Apr 2010 23:05 in reply to "Oh, the irony"
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2006-01-07

I don't believe Thom said he opposed copyright. Just that the original copyright law (which ran for a maximum of 28 years) was vastly superior to what we have now (his exact words being "one can't help but hope we will return to those days").

The big problem with modern copyright law is that it simply runs for too long, and keeps getting longer, largely thanks to lobbying by Disney to protect its Micky Mouse franchise. It's ridiculous that photos taken during the great depression of the 1930s are still "protected" by copyright.

Edited 2010-04-11 23:14 UTC

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RE[2]: Oh, the irony
by Cody Evans on Mon 12th Apr 2010 00:48 in reply to "RE: Oh, the irony"
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2009-08-14

Even earlier than the 30's actually, no copyright has entered public domain since 1923.

http://books.google.com/books?id=tRwsKG2LBGkC&printsec=frontcover&d...

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