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13 November 2007

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Supremacy Claus

Almost no one will make money from an out of print book from 100 years ago. One may not even be able to locate the estate. If the aim is to promote the production of creative value, which term is more likely to? 100 years or 10 years?

Anyone arguing, copyright is property, I refer to the Duke of Norfolk case. Its reasoning supports reasonable limit on the dead hand's interference with modern use. And, a book is far more ephemeral than land.

The aim of these terms is really to generate legal fees for the IP bar, and nothing else.

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