@Algot So, if I write a book that gets published, and I die, my wife shouldn't get royalties from my book?
It's currently70 years past the death of the creator. How many wives are 70 years younger than their husbands?
@Algot Oh, sorry! I misunderstood what you were saying. I totally agree that 70 years is long enough.
Do the majority of works have published editions 35 years after the creator's death, much less 70?
Backlists are typically unavailable in any format.
@Algot @BobTarte That's true for the traditional publishing model of big runs on release that are rarely repeated, but with Print on Demand and ebooks becoming an ever larger part of how books are published I could envisage a significant minority of backlists becoming available for a very long time.
Perhaps that's a partial solution: have copyright extinguished if a book has been out of print for a certain time. That way it's either available from the right's holder or it's legal for anyone to make it available.
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