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?

    Quote Originally Posted by DashingAmerican View Post
    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.
    Why can't you judge the latter?
    If someone thinks it's better, then it is, at least to them..
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    Re: How long should a copyright last before it becomes public domain?

    Quote Originally Posted by DashingAmerican View Post
    Ah, so you think you could write the Lord of the Rings better?
    Nope. Not in the slightest. On my very best day, my work is airport fantasy-- I aspire to airport fantasy. But I think better authors than myself could use Tolkien's worlds and his characters to create meaningful things, expand on his work the way that other authors have been allowed to expand upon the works of Howard and Lovecraft.

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

    Quote Originally Posted by rathi View Post
    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.
    Lacking in both legal and moral? Then Ill just keep all my ideas to myself and not risk the vultures that are lying in wait for me to do all the work for them.

    Let me get this straight, you assert that if I create my artwork that somehow other people are entitled to my designs? If this is what you are saying then it is no different then a large corporation engaging in corporate espionage. What you seem to be asserting that it is moral for the public to just take and use anything they want. What are you going to assert next that me owning a house id theft? Or that I should just let people in my studio and let them have whatever they want? BTW I have no monopoly on any damn thing, everybody and their brother in law and aunt carve or work with wood, and make greetings cards, and weld and work with metal Etc. I am not screwing the public out of what they all do not already own themselves.

    Seriously have you ever owned your own business?

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

    Quote Originally Posted by FreedomFromAll View Post
    Lacking in both legal and moral? Then Ill just keep all my ideas to myself and not risk the vultures that are lying in wait for me to do all the work for them.

    Let me get this straight, you assert that if I create my artwork that somehow other people are entitled to my designs? If this is what you are saying then it is no different then a large corporation engaging in corporate espionage. What you seem to be asserting that it is moral for the public to just take and use anything they want. What are you going to assert next that me owning a house id theft? Or that I should just let people in my studio and let them have whatever they want? BTW I have no monopoly on any damn thing, everybody and their brother in law and aunt carve or work with wood, and make greetings cards, and weld and work with metal Etc. I am not screwing the public out of what they all do not already own themselves.

    Seriously have you ever owned your own business?
    People can "steal" ideas from businesses, they do it all the time.
    If your woodcarving business is not turning a profit and someone else finds a way to do so, should they be denied the right to engage in that business, because you started it first?

    Just because you invest time and capital into something, doesn't entitle you to a profit.
    The real question is, do you even know what you're talking about?
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    Re: How long should a copyright last before it becomes public domain?

    Quote Originally Posted by Harry Guerrilla View Post
    People can "steal" ideas from businesses, they do it all the time.
    If your woodcarving business is not turning a profit and someone else finds a way to do so, should they be denied the right to engage in that business, because you started it first?

    Just because you invest time and capital into something, doesn't entitle you to a profit.
    The real question is, do you even know what you're talking about?
    Plenty of other people as I mentioned have businesses much like what I own. What I am doing anyone else can do, except copy my designs. Those designs are an extension of myself. It would take stealing the designs to copy them. They would need to reverse design it. Which means that the work that I did in designing they would be stealing from me. Many people carving eagles or dragons but the style the way I carve mine is my signature. I see no reason why someone else cannot create their own designs themselves and develop their own signature style. Even if my business is slow (which it is carvers do not work fast) that does not mean anyone has the right to steal my designs and put me out of work.

    The real question is, do you even know what you're talking about? If you dont want to debate just say so, dont try **** like that. Obviously I know what I am talking about, if I didnt I would not have said anything. Just because you disagree does not mean that I am uneducated. But if we are going to play that game; I have been reading your posts and you seem to be lacking on this subject.

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

    Quote Originally Posted by FreedomFromAll View Post
    Plenty of other people as I mentioned have businesses much like what I own. What I am doing anyone else can do, except copy my designs. Those designs are an extension of myself. It would take stealing the designs to copy them. They would need to reverse design it. Which means that the work that I did in designing they would be stealing from me. Many people carving eagles or dragons but the style the way I carve mine is my signature. I see no reason why someone else cannot create their own designs themselves and develop their own signature style. Even if my business is slow (which it is carvers do not work fast) that does not mean anyone has the right to steal my designs and put me out of work.

    The real question is, do you even know what you're talking about? If you dont want to debate just say so, dont try **** like that. Obviously I know what I am talking about, if I didnt I would not have said anything. Just because you disagree does not mean that I am uneducated. But if we are going to play that game; I have been reading your posts and you seem to be lacking on this subject.
    So what if someone can take your designs and make them better?
    Should they be prevented from doing so?

    Did you create all your designs from a void or did the inspiration come from something else?

    Whether you like it or not, your designs are not totally your own.
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    Re: How long should a copyright last before it becomes public domain?

    A copyright shouldn't last more that 10 years max. After that the product should be left up to the markets to determine improvements and different uses for the product. Also it should never be able to be renewed. It's free game. All great things created in society were made great things because other's contributed to it. The only people who benefit from copyrights are people that use it as their only "great idea" they had their entire life. Set thoughts to stun! lol Well that's my 2 cents worth.
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    Re: How long should a copyright last before it becomes public domain?

    Lacking in both legal and moral? Then Ill just keep all my ideas to myself and not risk the vultures that are lying in wait for me to do all the work for them.
    Its your choice. Thankfully, western civilization can probably live without your wood carvings. Not to mention that nobody cares enough to copy your designs anyways.

    Let me get this straight, you assert that if I create my artwork that somehow other people are entitled to my designs? If this is what you are saying then it is no different then a large corporation engaging in corporate espionage. What you seem to be asserting that it is moral for the public to just take and use anything they want. What are you going to assert next that me owning a house id theft? Or that I should just let people in my studio and let them have whatever they want? BTW I have no monopoly on any damn thing, everybody and their brother in law and aunt carve or work with wood, and make greetings cards, and weld and work with metal Etc. I am not screwing the public out of what they all do not already own themselves.
    You don't understand what you are talking about. Copyright exists to serve society. The government temporarily restricts the natural rights of everyone to distribute works as they by granting a monopoly on distribution on a specific work. The financial incentive from that monopoly promotes the creation of new works. Copyright expires, the work then enters the public domain and society is enriched by having access to new creative works. Copyright, like all government granted monopolies, is simply a practical requirement not granted because you are special snowflake who is morally entitled to it.

    Seriously have you ever owned your own business?
    Copyright exists to allow an author to make a living writing books rather waiting tables, or recoup production costs on a film. You don't need 120 year copyrights to make a living being an artist, its simply a way for heirs or corporations get money without doing any work by getting a government handout.

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

    Quote Originally Posted by Harry Guerrilla View Post
    So what if someone can take your designs and make them better?
    Should they be prevented from doing so?
    Yes they should be prevented from using my design without asking for permission. My work is a part of my identity I put my personal touch on my products. Someone taking my decisions to me is not much different then someone taking my name, that is why my style is my signature. No one else carves in the exact way that I do. In order for someone to take my design they have to steal my signature and my identity as a carver with it.

    Did you create all your designs from a void or did the inspiration come from something else?
    Void now thats an interesting choice of words. I did not draw from anyone elses designs, all my designs were thought of by me alone.

    Whether you like it or not, your designs are not totally your own.
    Well that is your opinion and that is all that it is. My designs are my own, no one thought them up but me.

    Anyways you are cherry picking trying to apply a universal philosophy to a world that is anything but universal. The part of the equation that you are leaving out is liberty. It is my liberty to own what I create. Which is a major factor in the liberty that this nation was built on.

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

    Quote Originally Posted by FreedomFromAll View Post
    Void now thats an interesting choice of words. I did not draw from anyone elses designs, all my designs were thought of by me alone.
    Don't be ridiculous. Every last thing you have ever designed was influenced by the works of artists that came before you.

    Hell, how would you even build your designs if not for tools that others designed before you? Shouldn't you be paying them?

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