I deserve credit for my creative effort.

You deserve credit and to be paid for your creative work as needed.

Copyright for the (too often corporate) heirs of a creator is a horrible concept.

Copyright reform needs to revert and not extend control.

@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.

@DaveHiggins @BobTarte

Consider one example, a very popular novelist like Frank Yerby. I am unaware of any of his books legally available in ebook format.

@DaveHiggins @BobTarte

Publishers probably still own the rights, and they have very limited incentive to publish older books by midlist authors.

@Algot @BobTarte Traditional big publishers maybe: in my experience smaller publishers (especially author-publishers) make having ebooks in print perpetually a plank of their strategy.

@DaveHiggins @BobTarte

That leaves us with a problem because "traditional" publishers hold the contracts on thousands of authors.

Who acts for the public?

@Algot @BobTarte Wasn't suggesting we shouldn't have copyright limits; just that more books will continue to be in print for extended periods.

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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