View Poll Results: How long should a copyright last before the I.P. becomes public domain?

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  • There should be no such thing as a copyright.

    6 5.71%
  • 1-20 years after intellectual property is created

    19 18.10%
  • 21-40 years after intellectual property is created

    2 1.90%
  • 41-60 years after intellectual property is created

    1 0.95%
  • The copyright should last as long as the creator of the intellectual property is still alive

    24 22.86%
  • 1-20 after the original creator of the intellectual property has died

    14 13.33%
  • 21-40 after the original creator of the intellectual property has died

    3 2.86%
  • 41-60 after the original creator of the intellectual property has died

    3 2.86%
  • The copyright on the intellectual property should last forever (a perpetual copyright.)

    20 19.05%
  • other idea or I do not know(please specify)

    13 12.38%
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    Re: How long should a copyright last before it becomes public domain?

    Because knowledge is a public good and the entire purpose of copyright and intellectual property is to encourage the proliferation of knowledge.

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    Re: How long should a copyright last before it becomes public domain?

    Quote Originally Posted by FreedomFromAll View Post
    If I spend 20 years inventing something why should I not expect to be rewarded for it through ownership of the intellectual property that I invented? How much is 20 years of a persons life worth? Royalties are compensation for work, it is not free money. And some corporations have spent millions or even billions developing a product why should someone have the right to just take all that investment away just because someone thinks there should be a time limit on that investment? .
    Not just somebody - it has ALWAYS been that way in the U.S [and in other countries too], and for GOOD REASON IMO of course - nevermind that nothing is created in a vacumn, and that things are based off of others' works, inventions, ideas.
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    Re: How long should a copyright last before it becomes public domain?

    Quote Originally Posted by FreedomFromAll View Post
    If I spend 20 years inventing something why should I not expect to be rewarded for it through ownership of the intellectual property that I invented? How much is 20 years of a persons life worth? Royalties are compensation for work, it is not free money. And some corporations have spent millions or even billions developing a product why should someone have the right to just take all that investment away just because someone thinks there should be a time limit on that investment?

    If I carve (Im a wood carver) a piece and do not sell it, and put it on display as my trademark piece, why should I ever have to give up my creation? It was me who designed and carved the piece, I figured out a complex 3d design, why cant I own that particular design forever? Why should someone else have the right to take my design for their own profit, when they did not do any of the design work? In my world I call that stealing.
    You have no "rights" to an idea whatsoever. The public has generously decided to restrict their own rights in order to give you a limited time monopoly as a financial incentive. You are like a person who holds an event at a public park and then claim you own it forever. Its laughably self entitled and utterly lacking in legal or moral basis.

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    Re: How long should a copyright last before it becomes public domain?

    It depends. If someone created a toy per se. Then that person should be allowed a copyright as long as that person lives. That being said. If someone writes a book then it should be their intellectual property to the end of time.
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    Re: How long should a copyright last before it becomes public domain?

    Quote Originally Posted by DashingAmerican View Post
    It depends. If someone created a toy per se. Then that person should be allowed a copyright as long as that person lives. That being said. If someone writes a book then it should be their intellectual property to the end of time.
    Why should one have greater rights to media IP rather than invention IP?
    That doesn't make any sense.
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    Re: How long should a copyright last before it becomes public domain?

    Quote Originally Posted by Harry Guerrilla View Post
    Why should one have greater rights to media IP rather than invention IP?
    That doesn't make any sense.
    Maybe using toys was a bad example, but things such as weapons and medicine, etc should be allowed to be improved upon.
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    Re: How long should a copyright last before it becomes public domain?

    Quote Originally Posted by DashingAmerican View Post
    Maybe using toys was a bad example, but things such as weapons and medicine, etc should be allowed to be improved upon.
    So should culture.

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    Re: How long should a copyright last before it becomes public domain?

    Quote Originally Posted by DashingAmerican View Post
    Maybe using toys was a bad example, but things such as weapons and medicine, etc should be allowed to be improved upon.
    Everything should fall into that category, not just medicine, weapons, etc.

    What your really saying, whether you realize it or not, is that media IP is less valuable to society, so they deserve longer rights of ownership.
    That too, makes no sense at all.
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    Re: How long should a copyright last before it becomes public domain?

    Quote Originally Posted by Viktyr Korimir View Post
    So should culture.
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    Re: How long should a copyright last before it becomes public domain?

    Quote Originally Posted by Harry Guerrilla View Post
    Everything should fall into that category, not just medicine, weapons, etc.

    What your really saying, whether you realize it or not, is that media IP is less valuable to society, so they deserve longer rights of ownership.
    That too, makes no sense at all.
    I don't really see it that way. You can judge if you improved upon a weapon or medicine. You can't judge whether or not you wrote a book better.
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