* patents only 20 years long, no extensions
* living things not patentable
* software not patentable
* images not patentable
* Patent expires if patent holder does not commercialize the patent within 3 years and if no "device" using patent exists, i.e. taken off market
* patent expires in 10 years if sold
Well, the whole concept of royality for entertainers is right up there too -- only enriches the publishers not the entertainers themselves -- the idea of being paid multiple times for each performance is outlandish: a doctor should get paid for his "performance" of birthing a person every person's birthday?