by Mike Masnick
Tue, Jan 4th 2011 12:08am
Michael Scott points us to the news that, via some oddities within Scottish laws, the Scottish Law Commission is realizing that its current regulations may actually mean that there's a "use-it-or-lose-it" provision that applies to copyright law. I don't quite understand all the details (so feel free to chime in if you're familiar with Scottish law), but it sounds like the folks in Scotland are realizing that a law they have on the books concerning property does not clearly state that it does not apply to things like copyright -- and that law includes a 20 year use-it-or-lose-it rule. Thus, by not exempting copyright, it may automatically be included. This seems to be upsetting to some, but I find it rather amusing that the only reason why copyright is even considered "property" is because those who wanted to pretend copyright was something more than a limited government granted monopoly started calling it property. Yet, now, they may be getting upset that they might have to abide by similar rules concerning property. Of course, the Scottish discussion focuses on how to "fix" this -- and there's a problem there, since apparently, the Scottish Parliament does not have authority over copyright issues in Scotland.
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