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Diane Gurman's picture

Petitioning the Obama Administration to Support the Restoration of Copyrights to their Original Duration of 28 Years

Greetings to members of the Copyright Subcommittee and anyone else who is interested in restoring balance and sanity to U.S. Copyright Law,

This petition is the longest of long-shots, but I signed anyway.  (I wish they had added the renewal option and the requirement of registering your copyright, but you can't have everything....)

From the Law Librarian Blog

July 16, 2012

Petitioning the Obama Administration to Support the Restoration of Copyrights to their Original Duration of 28 Years

 

From the online We Petition:

Our Founding Fathers established an initial copyright duration of 28-years, but that has been repeatedly extended to up to 120 years to favor corporations like Disney and Sony and authors’ descendants at the expense of the public. Such durations ignore the Constitution’s requirement that copyrights be for limited times and promote progress in science and the useful arts. They actually inhibit scientific progress by restricting the free flow of information, preventing global digital libraries, and withholding information that future generations need to freely exchange and build upon. The original copyright duration provides ample incentive for companies and authors to create, so we ask the President to urge Congress to pass a bill restoring copyrights to their original duration of 28 years.

Click on the "We Petition" link to add your signature.

Corey Williams (staff)'s picture

Diane, do you know who is behind (posted) the petition? It is unclear to me and I can't seem to identify the "sponsors."  Thanks, Corey

 

Diane Gurman's picture

Hi Corey.

 

The only information on the "We the People" website is the following:

creator
Conrad P

Albuquerque, NM

July 09, 2012

Signature # 1
 
I've posted your question on the Law Librarian blog and will let you know if a better answer turns up.  I agree that it would be helpful to know.


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