Registered: Jan 2003
Local time: 01:13 PM
A journalist that I used to work with, Dan Gillmor writes that the Copyright Term Extension Act (CTEA, aka the "Sonny Bono Act") of 1998, which was recently upheld by the U.S. Supreme Court when challenged, is no better than legalized "copyright theft". He states that, "Endlessly greedy media barons will now collect billions from works that should have long since entered the public domain."
And while I must say that I disagree with the act itself and, as I've already pointed out, long-term copyrights on creative works in general, I think that going so far as to call it theft and criminal and point the finger at the copyright holders just isn't right. The fact is that the law makes it okay - thus nobody who takes advantage of the law to its fullest is in the wrong. What's wrong is the law itself.
I say fight the law, make a case against that, not against those who operate within it. The law applies to everyone in the country, not just those select few who you choose to highlight as examples of purveyors of the law.