Re: Legalizing info calls to cell phones.
said by carpetshark3:Congress want to create jobs? Then don't pass a robocalls bill - make them use human beings to dial the calls.
Ban the telemarketers from even lobbying, dammit!
We went cell only just to get rid of the jackasses and have no desire to hear from them again.
I'll have to get a duplicate SIM for one phone and give the marketers that number then leave the phone OFF!
The nine most terrifying words in the English language are, I'm from the government and I'm here to help.
Re: Copyright should ultimately fail
said by Link Logger:Copyrights should last for a much shorter period of time, but be renewable for a yearly fee. The fee would start out small, but increase every year. At some point, preferably in a fairly short period of time, the copyright owners would have to decide which of their properties were really worth renewing the copyright on and which should be let go.
And what would you replace copyrights with? As one of those artists (software), I'm always interested in hearing what people would replace the current copyright system with.
I propose a five year copyright term, with the renewal fee starting at $1 and doubling each year. This would not only make it impossible for companies to hold on to copyrights forever, it would be an additional source of income for the government.
In addition, copyright holders would be required to give a copy of each work to a special government agency who would release the work as soon as the copyright expired. This would prevent works from being "lost".
Also, copyrights would apply to each work as a whole, not to every little piece that is included. If a TV show included copyrighted music, it could still become public domain, even if some of the music it uses is still copyrighted. Then you wouldn't have cases like WKRP in Cincinnati, where they replaced all the music for the DVD release.
Of course, I'm sure you won't like any of these suggestions as they would benefit the public more than the copyright holder, however that's how copyright was originally supposed to work. Besides, in today's world, what version of a piece of software remains profitable for more than a few years anyway? You've probably released a dozen different versions by now and under my proposed plan, each would be considered a new work, with five years of copyright coverage. However the older versions would be released to the public domain.
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Re: Copyright should ultimately fail Here is the problem in a nutshell around duration of copyright, how many commercials, shows, movies etc have you seen that use music from the 70's or earlier should the movie company be able to use that music without payment, or a musician today be able to re-record or digitally sample a song from the 70's without payment? Whoever is using that song is making money or is trying to, why should the original artist get some of that?
To make it worse most musicians sell the artist's rights (ie the copyright) to the company and one of the reasons they do this is as an individual they don't have the resources to market or protect the song's copyright (ie you don't see individual artists going after music pirates, you see their industry going after them).
Now everyone seems to be concerned about duration of a copyright, but people who create content are concerned about the lack of teeth in copyrights, and neither comment thus far has anything about what to do about copyright infringements which was the initial reason for copyrights.
I have software which has sold for over ten years (if it does something truly useful and its well written (ie I took the time to design, develop and test it thoroughly)), you can have software sell for a long time. In fact every piece of software I've built in over twenty years is still in use today.
As I've often said software patents are just wrong and the idea behind a patent was you could patent an expression of an idea, but not the idea itself, but today the patent office is completely screwed and incompetent and we have tons of patents which are trying to protect an idea which is not what patents were for, but like I've said since copyrights don't have any teeth content creators and companies have little choice left but to patent their stuff in order to have some protection.
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