Eternal Copyright: a Modest Proposal

#Opinion

Thu, Feb 23rd, 2012 10:00 by capnasty NEWS

Adrian Hon, founder and chief of the online games compamy Six to Start, doesn't think copyright laws are insane enough and cranks the absurdity to a ten -- which should be expected and welcomed with anything that calls itself a modest proposal.

No, it's clear that our current copyright law is inadequate and unfair. We must move to Eternal Copyright -- a system where copyright never expires, and a world in which we no longer snatch food out of the mouths of our creators' descendants. With eternal copyright, the knowledge that our great-great-great-grandchildren and beyond will benefit financially from our efforts will no doubt spur us on to achieve greater creative heights than ever seen before.

However, to make it entirely fair, Eternal Copyright should be retroactively applied so that current generations may benefit from their ancestors' works rather than allowing strangers to rip your inheritance off. Indeed, by what right do Disney and the BBC get to adapt Alice in Wonderland, Sleeping Beauty, and Sherlock without paying the descendants of Lewis Carroll, the Brothers Grimm, and Arthur Conan Doyle?

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