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U.S. Supreme Court Says Congress May Re-Copyright Public Domain Works

Discussion in 'News and Current Events' started by Quentinanon, Jan 18, 2012.

  1. Quentinanon Member

  2. Anonymous Member

    So....we can say goodbye to fair use?
  3. 00anon00 Member

    someone will copyright "Happy Birthday To You" again
  4. adhocrat Member

    that's some fucked up
  5. telomere Member

    6-2-1 is even more fucked up.
    Breyer and Alito?
    Are they the only guys left?
  6. telomere Member

    But it's not the avalanche it sounds,
    because the "re-synch with Berne" was what most people were expecting, and had already mostly given up on blocking. Project Gutenburg - obviously, gets the big shaft.

    I still have some shred of hope that a future SCOTUS will clue in that 35 -> life + 35 -> life + 50 -> life + 75 -> life + 95 -> life + googolplex really does amount to what the Court today thinks is a nutty conspiracy theory
    every few years they bump it by ~ 40%, and every time they promise they won't do it again.
    Yeah, really.
  7. adhocrat Member

    it really comes down to one simple problem: we have three in one unity of a government, which isn't exactly all that godlike.

    In theory, the three branches are supposed to 'balance' each other, but it misses one critical component, namely the citizens themselves. That's what nullification was all about.

    As for the bumping, back in 1998 it was the Mickey Mouse Bill, because Disney was terrifed about losing their copyrights. Oddly Disney made his fortune by using public domain material.
    Such an irony rich diet we all live on.
  8. Zoom Member

    Of course the right to copy has already been taken back by the 99% on the internet. The Supreme Court just hasn't noticed yet.

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