Daddy Clanger (imc) wrote,
Daddy Clanger
imc

Copyright

For no particular reason, other than that it's being discussed in a newsgroup:

Generally speaking in the UK (and many other countries), any literary or artistic work remains under copyright until the end of the 70th year after the death of the author. Is this too long (or should it be extended)?

Poll #210271 Copyright

Copyright should last for this many years after the author's death:

Mean: 28.18 Median: 20 Std. Dev 31.86
0
4(36.4%)
10
1(9.1%)
20
2(18.2%)
30
0(0.0%)
40
1(9.1%)
50
1(9.1%)
60
0(0.0%)
70
1(9.1%)
80
0(0.0%)
90
0(0.0%)
100
1(9.1%)

Copyright should last for this many years after the creation of the work

Mean: 48.89 Median: 50 Std. Dev 24.70
0
0(0.0%)
10
1(11.1%)
20
0(0.0%)
30
2(22.2%)
40
1(11.1%)
50
2(22.2%)
60
1(11.1%)
70
1(11.1%)
80
0(0.0%)
90
0(0.0%)
100
1(11.1%)


Note that it's perfectly possible to answer non-zero to both questions at once: it might be desireable to make copyright last for (say) 20 years after the death of the author but with a minimum period of 50 years after the creation of the work in case the author dies before it can be exploited to its full potential.
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