A proposal for software copyright reform
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Started by: pieterhpieterh
Date: 13 Dec 2006 14:39
Number of posts: 1
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Summary:
Copyright almost works perfectly for software. It is free, automatic, has clear boundaries, and is easy to enforce. Unlike patents, copyright is egalitarian, as useful to the poor and weak as to the rich and powerful. It can be considered an ethical of protection. However copyright as applied to all creative works in general has two big problems when applied to software: 1. The lifespan (life + 70 years) is much too long for software. 2. There is no system for moving abandoned software into the common domain.
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