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[Fsfe-uk] The "Public Domain Elvis" problem

From: MJ Ray
Subject: [Fsfe-uk] The "Public Domain Elvis" problem
Date: Wed, 08 Sep 2004 11:30:11 +0100

The British Phonographic Industry and others are mounting a campaign to extend the copyright on performances beyond the current 50 years. Free software is rarely performed, so this doesn't affect GNU and friends yet, but we should take part in discussions that attempt to renegociate the copyright compromise. Extending copyright is nearly always a donation to existing industry more than an increased incentive to create.

Rufus Pollock has put up a page at http://www.okfn.org/fcd/wiki/PublicDomainElvis and I suggest that anyone interested subscribes to or monitors that page, at least. If there's interest, I can post major events back here, but I'd appreciate any help with that.

It's called "Public Domain Elvis" because some of Elvis's early performances will soon be out of copyright.

MJR/slef    My Opinion Only and not of any group I know
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