Wednesday, January 16, 2002

Copyright in New Yorker You know obscure technical battles are going overground when something as arcane as copyright and technology reaches the pages of the New Yorker. James Surowiecki talks about how Disney, and various other copyright interests, have extended its length to the criminally long lifetime plus 70 years.

Here's my call: I think that content industries will get more laws like the DMCA passed and have more control over copyrighted material online. But I think it will cost them the length of copyright. Moreover, I think that fair use will be eliminated in digital media (i.e. never be allowed in the first place), but I think this too will contribute to copyright's term being further limited. (PS Sorry about all the site outages--I'm working on fixing them)


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