This is an issue which I’ve obviously been following closely. The following post is worth reading, and thinking about.
The Green Party and Copyright
There has been a small hoo-hah in the political wing of the literary community about a policy of the (British) Green Party. Their 2015 manifesto is vague on the point, but their party policy says
Specifically we will
b. introduce generally shorter copyright terms, with a usual maximum of 14 years;
It’s that 14 years that is getting people hot under the collar. For the purposes of this post, I shall assume that they really mean (as their policy implies) 14 years from the creation of a work of art to the expiration of copyright.
Now, it is possible to take a position that there should be no copyright whatsoever. If you want to take that position, then I’m not going to argue with you. Instead I shall send you to Joanne Harris’s blog and she will tell you why you…
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