Intellectual property roundup

by Walter Olson on September 18, 2013

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1 Steve 09.19.13 at 5:01 am

“Books of the faraway past more likely to be available for purchase than books of the 1950s.”

The fact that lazy publishers re-print classics to make a buck is somehow shocking?

any author or rightsholder from the 1950s that whose goal is to achieve maximal circulation of his/her works rather than maximum profit is welcome to do so by releasing the work into the public domain immediately if they wish.

meanwhile, a legitimate and useful action of the government right now would be to digitally scan as many books as possible that are still under copyright for release to the general public when their period of copyright expires. the costs of such an undertaking would not be excessive compared to the long-term benefits on many levels. this is certainly a better strategy than the government’s corrupt deal with google where google was uniquely allowed to abrogate copyright for its google books project.

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