If the Beetles were public domain, would that force something like the Grey Album to be public domain as well? or would that be transformative enough to be able to be copyrighted for X years? Seems like this could get confusing really fast.
Don't get me wrong, I'm all for limiting the copyright term to something reasonable (smaller than what we have today). This is just a thought that crossed my mind as I was reading the article.
While the Dutch police are being reminded, we need to do the same thing here in the states. Remind the FBI that File sharing is a civil issue. And yeah, maybe the FBI should not conduct press releases from Disney offices.
At least if Dutch courts are questioning this stuff it gives me slight hope that the US courts will do the same.
What I find interesting is the three complete years between the iPod being released and the first discernible digital revenue. If you count from the Napster verdict you can add a few years for a total of at least 6 years! I'm guessing the gap between CD Player invention and CD Revenue was much shorter.
Seems like the RIAA should have gotten their act together on digital a little faster before they lost a whole generation of potential sales.
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