News: Sixteen Japanese copyright associations (including JASRAC, RIAJ et al.) recently issued a public statement demanding a longer copyright protection term: life plus 70 years instead of the current life plus 50 years.
Arguments: none, other than that it will allow them (or actually, their future heirs) to squeeze more money out of their uniquely crafted works.
Picture 2: the sad look (cache) of somebody whose works are only protected for life plus 50 years… Now that is what the “free culture” movement is missing: drama! Note: on a similar event two years ago, manga author Matsumoto Reiji (pictured here) even suggested that a protection term of life plus 120 years was more appropriate (!).