Recently, I’ve been researching Scientology, and the different laws that it has used in various suits over the part few years. In the course of that research, I’ve learned quite a bit about copyright law and intellectual property, enough to make me consider a career in that field.
The laws that I am interested in discussing right now are the various extensions that have been made to copyrights. To some degree, I see why it is a positive thing for creators of content to be able to excercise control of their content for a certain length of time. However, I believe that the current laws are overreaching, and designed for corperations more than individuals. As important as it is for the creators of the content to profit from it, it is also important to have a large and varied public domain. So the question is, how long should the protections for various works be continued? Should different creations have different lengths of copyright? Should there be benifits conferred to those whom put their work in the public domain? How much control should be given over their work?
My personal opinion is that the control over their work should be about controlling the first sale, and unauthorized distribution. I disagree with banning things like reverse engineering, and stopping people from selling the things to other people, and other varieties of fair use. I think the protections should be in place for the lifetime of the creator, and not be transferable to an estate. I also believe that the ability of a corperation to own copyrights should be limited, and the individuals should be given more power. But how far this should go, I’m in the dark…
Comments? Questions? Flames? Nitpicks? Flirts?