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The push for longer copyright protection: summary

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 1: the fun press release decor (cache)

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 (!).

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