I think everybody should be subpoenaed so the ones retweeting from NJ are properly prosecuted. The best way to make a bad law go is to apply it in it's full glory. I wonder how many thousands would go to jail?
If I die leaving a child in the womb of my girl no amount of work I done before will keep generating money. What will remain is the money I earned during my life. Why should artists be different? That's too much sense of entitlement.
As for the church guy, too bad. It happens to painters, musicians, directors. Architecture works may be recognized only long after the original creator death and still their state will not receive a penny for the appreciation of such art by arbitrary persons. Worse, arbitrary photographers can and will earn money by taking pictures that are a work on their own and copyrightable. Not to mention there are much, much older works that are just being praised centuries after they were made.
Can you see the issue? Too bad for the church guy. Shit happens. Being remembered throughout History seems good enough in such cases. And if his estate are smart enough they can monetize on the fame alone. As many artists do with their intangible, infinite goods nowadays.
So we are talking about songs that are at least 45 years old, right?
Funny they talk about fairness. I don't see old engineers being paid continuously because structures were made based on their projects. In fact, I have yet to see a dead engineer whose estate still receives money for his/her work. You can replace engineer with any profession.
Professionals usually earn money because they put their work, effort, sweat into it. Constantly.
There's no reason for a 45+ yr-old song not to be in the Public Domain.
Indeed. But this is based on trust. Diginotar was kind of destroyed a while back when somebody issued bogus certificates from the inside. Their certificates were quickly revoked from the inside in all major browsers and as far as I know business took a nose dive. If such practices come to light it'll be a very serious hit against such entities and not in their best interests. Though it would probably spawn a much needed rush for decentralized certification or something that would replace the current "flawed" system. Although, truth be said, the real flaw is that it's based on trust. And trust seems to be on route to extinction nowadays.
Still, it does give much better guarantees for the authenticity of the content.