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    It would be effective if they went after the real criminals. But, just like with the "War on Drugs" law enforcement arrests some hippy campus kid for trace amount in his bong and somehow labels that as successful. Going after some kid that bought some songs from an overseas website isn't winning. No matter how you label it.
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    @PayThatCEO No kidding. RIAA would have been all over him like an ex-wife that found out her former husband won the lottery.
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    Copyrights are one thing, but the real problem is with patent law.
    It's ridiculous how a company or individual can patent something and then hold back progress by refusing to allow it to be developed.
    The government should adopt a policy of using "eminent domain" on patents to put them into the public domain when this happens. The government wouldn't have to do this much, since "fair market value" would be less than what the person could get selling it or developing it on their own so the government would only have to use it with the most stubborn of people and businesses. The "eminent domain" could also be exercised in a limited way if the person is only holding back certain aspects of development. This could put a stop to barriers to alternative energy development as well as putting a stop to planned obsolescence as a business strategy.
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    I don't care what party you represent. If someone can bring some sense to copyright policy and make it so that, at the very least, they go back to being about protecting reasonable rights instead of being used/viewed as a fresh new revenue stream for profits via lawsuits, I can get behind that.
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    One of the companies behind our current copyright maze is Disney. Their copyright on Mickey Mouse was about to expire after 75 years and they wanted to keep the Mouse Monopoly.
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    @DARSB they are insanely protective about it too. Someone i know told a story from pree internet days, in the early seventies an "underground" paper with a circulation of maybe two or three thousand had a comic strip with a charectar called "mickey mao" a revolutionaru mouse who fought imperialism. They actually got threatened by Disney. I mean almost no one even knew about it, but Disney found out and brought down mickey mao...
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  • #17
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    Copyright is needed for authors to get their due, but things are being stretched beyond reason and copyrights don't result in a payoff for the public.
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    copyright is a joke in China Malaysia, Taiwan, Thailand, etc. piracy is costing all our software developers entertainment music etc. games to OS's a fortune, It's virtually impossible to buy an authorized version of anything... if it hasn't been copied its been reverse engineered and built, more often than pretty well... Only problem i had with the 10.00 iPad was battery replacement after 2 yrs
    All those Rolex's and Cartier watches last a year or so... for $5.00 not bad
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    Society as a whole benefits when copyrighted material comes into the public domain. a 17 year copyright is plenty of time for the holder to make profits.
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    What I object to is copywrites that benefit a corporation, long after the death of the artist. I can see limited protection, if the person has surviving family, but once thr artist dies, for the most part that should end the copywrite...
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    @PoliticalSpice A lot of times the artist doesn't own the copyright - they have assigned it )or a portion of it) to a company in exchange for either promoting the work or paying them to develop the work. I'm not sure how to handle situations like that. A fixed time period is pretty fair - but not 75 years or even 25.
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    There are fakes of most everything concerning fashion here. Or easily accesable on vacation. My mother loved her fake purses my grandmother bought in Mexico when she was a teen. My sister is trying to copywrite a dress design right now! Not easy to do since I am having to do the work because of her age. She is 7 and designed a fabulous formal dress.
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    well Its not like all countries abide by it..ala Counterfeit iphones and ipads(china), and fake coach bags(phillipines, taiwan, mexico),..
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