11.0269 disturbing copyright legislation

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Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 11, No. 269.
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Date: Sun, 14 Sep 1997 14:08:58 -0600 (MDT)
From: Maurizio Oliva <oliva@cc.denison.edu>
Subject: Hart on 20 year extension of publishers rights (from Edupage)

"INFORMATION AGE?". . .FOR WHOM? Project Gutenberg founder Michael S.
Hart says he is disturbed by copyright legislation in Congress which would
extend all current copyrights by 20 years with no provision for
maintaining the public domain. "To add 20 years to copyright creates a
Landed Gentry of the Information Age," he says. The public domain is an
inalienable right of the public which cannot be a commodity to be bought
or sold, either by persons or by their government. "Copyright extension
destroys both the concept and content of the public domain." (Time 15 Sep

Maurizio Oliva, Director, Multimedia Language Lab, Denison University
Fellows 302, Granville, OH 43023, O (614) 587-6684, F 587-6417, H 235-9618

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