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    Re: Should shows funded by tax payers and aired on tax payer funded tv be public doma

    No. The BBC is publicly funded, but their copyrighted productions are sold around the world which defrays the cost to the public. They are freely available in the UK.
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    Re: Should shows funded by tax payers and aired on tax payer funded tv be public doma

    Quote Originally Posted by Manc Skipper View Post
    No. The BBC is publicly funded, but their copyrighted productions are sold around the world which defrays the cost to the public. They are freely available in the UK.
    Well, not quite "freely", you still have to pay the TV license.

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    Re: Should shows funded by tax payers and aired on tax payer funded tv be public doma

    Quote Originally Posted by jamesrage View Post
    Should tv shows funded by tax payers and aired on tax payer funded tv channels be public domain?
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    Public domain | Define Public domain at Dictionary.com
    the status of a published work or invention upon which the copyright or patent has expired or which has not been patented or subject to copyright. It may thus be freely used by the public





    I say yes for the simple fact we as tax payers paid for it.
    One important factor: public television is only partially tax payer funded. The rest comes from donations from a combination of sources; business donations, dationations from private citizens, grants from charitable foundations.

    Another factor is the model by which some programming is acquired. Many PBS shows are not produced by PBS. Instead they are produced by private entities. PBS pays for a lisence to carry them but the producer maintains the rights. Should books that are available in the taxpayer funded public library be public domain since the taxpayers paid for the books?
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    Re: Should shows funded by tax payers and aired on tax payer funded tv be public doma

    Quote Originally Posted by Smeagol View Post
    One important factor: public television is only partially tax payer funded. The rest comes from donations from a combination of sources; business donations, dationations from private citizens, grants from charitable foundations.
    Those shows that should be public domain.

    Another factor is the model by which some programming is acquired. Many PBS shows are not produced by PBS. Instead they are produced by private entities. PBS pays for a lisence to carry them but the producer maintains the rights. Should books that are available in the taxpayer funded public library be public domain since the taxpayers paid for the books?
    A licensed show does not always mean tax payers did not pay for it to be made. Doctor Who for example which is licensed by PBS is paid for by the tax payers of Britain, it exists because tax payers in Britain have to pay for it.
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    Re: Should shows funded by tax payers and aired on tax payer funded tv be public doma

    No. The funding is payment for a product.
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    Re: Should shows funded by tax payers and aired on tax payer funded tv be public doma

    No because a very small percentage goes to funding these programs by way of tax payers funds. Typically it's like "Reading Rainbow is funded by Scholastic, the Carnegie center, and generation donations from viewers like you". Is Reading Rainbow still on? Anyways, my daughter watches Wild Kratt's, Super Why, and Dinosaur train and I know all of those have various different kinds of sponsors at the beginning of each program, besides the fact that these shows are also available on DVD, Netflix, Hulu as other means to receive revenue.

    A lot of programs and movies are actually partially funded or at least started by tax incentives and tax breaks. This is why for example, Vancouver in BC Canada has been able to take a lot of the business LA would normally have due to their breaks (some examples include CSI, X-Files), and I also know that Georgia and North Carolina have a lot of tax incentives for film makers. Sometimes you actually will see shows on tv end with "Made in Georgia" and I think that is part of the tax incentive deal. Not to mention, a lot of PBS and NPR programs come from local markets originally, and then PBS picks it up nationally for wider viewing so that would complicate things a lot as well.
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    Re: Should shows funded by tax payers and aired on tax payer funded tv be public doma

    What are you not getting access to? You can stream any NPR show you want, the same with most of PBS, American Public Media, and so on. So what is the complaint?
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    Re: Should shows funded by tax payers and aired on tax payer funded tv be public doma

    Quote Originally Posted by jamesrage View Post
    Should tv shows funded by tax payers and aired on tax payer funded tv channels be public domain?
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    Public domain | Define Public domain at Dictionary.com
    the status of a published work or invention upon which the copyright or patent has expired or which has not been patented or subject to copyright. It may thus be freely used by the public

    I say yes for the simple fact we as tax payers paid for it.
    When funded 100 % by the Govt, taxpayer funds, do they not belong to the people?
    Then we have, if a company (for profit)wishes to use to for profit, does the Govt. (taxpayer) with authorization for use, not deserve a cost benefit?
    If a Non profit wishes to use portions of it, should they deserve (earn) the right after consultation with the Govt. to use if free and clear?
    In the end it should be left to the Govt to state if royalties are to be paid. Citizens authorized them (Govt) to spend, we then should leave that to them to rule on that.
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    Re: Should shows funded by tax payers and aired on tax payer funded tv be public doma

    It is not the role of the state to fund or control TV- or radio-programmes.

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    Re: Should shows funded by tax payers and aired on tax payer funded tv be public doma

    Quote Originally Posted by Dittohead not! View Post
    That sounds like a theft of public funds
    . I want my share back.


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