victor_keegan_140x140 “How would the creativity of society be affected if we had to pay for every idea we lifted from Wikipedia or a painting or piece of music to express in a different way? Current laws would have wiped out most of Elizabethan drama at a stroke.” – Victor Keegan in the Guardian.

Also of interest:

(Big thanks to Mike Cane for above links.)


  1. As far as I can see every argument used for setting the length of patents can also be applied to setting the length of copyright — and this would give us between eleven and twenty years in most cases. Let there be renewals, sure – but fairly priced, so that keeping something out of the public domain becomes an increasing cost over time.

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