It’s my idea.. you can have it after I’m dead

Copyright protection should only last for as long as the original creator can make a living off their works. Why? Because anyone who comes after who did not create the work tries to get their grubby little hands on it and keep others from reproducing it or creating derivatives, thereby generating a profit and living from it. After Walt Disney took the Brother’s Grimm stories to use, the Disney company, through the extension of the copyright time frame, is keeping anyone else from publishing or creating a derivative. Why? because Disney makes a profit from it and they don’t want to share it with you, or want you to be able to make a profitable derivative of their bogarted works. Publishers are just as bad:

The publisher’s goals in the licensing of subsidiary rights are to disseminate the article as widely as possible in order to encourage citation by the scholarly community; to stimulate submissions and subscriptions to the journal; to encourage researchers to act responsibly when citing and reusing the work of others by enforcing copyright; to encourage students to accept the premise that scholarly work has value; and to bring in additional revenues to contribute to publication costs of the journal. To most publishers, the first goal is the most important. The last is the least important, because these transactions are generally worth small amounts and are very labor intensive.

While noble as it all may sound, there is one underlying thing here- they want the money. Publishers do the same thing-they want all the profits with none of the competition. Yes, distribution of articles is a way to encourage citation, but if it were truly the goal of the publishers, then they would make the cost of licensing and distribution far cheaper/easier than what it is now. Cheap things spread farther and quicker than tightly controlled information. Their zeal on licenses even hurts librarians, who are also champions of copyright but for a different reason: to allow works to be researched without the information being tainted by everyone’s “two cents.”

To librarians this situation means that they must ask publishers for permission to use articles beyond that allowed by the fair use guidelines. When they order copies through interlibrary loan beyond that allowed by fair use, they must report the use and pay any associated copyright fees.

What would researchers do without these products? What would librarians do without these products? Librarians would no longer have the option to cancel and still have the full-text available to their clients in other media. Access points would still exist in the indexing and abstracting publications, but full- text would not. If librarians chose not to subscribe to the print journal, they would have to rely exclusively on interlibary loan to give their clients access to journal articles they do not receive through subscription. As the ARL /RLG Interlibrary Loan Cost Study confirmed, interlibrary loan costs are not trivial, particularly for the supplying library.

How are people supposed to advance science and society if they cannot come up with an idea that is based on a smaller idea from the past? Sorry can’t make this item because it is based on a previously patented/copyrighted idea and has a microscopic resemblance to it.

Another industry that is as bad as Disney is the music industry. They all want to get all the profits and don’t want you to make copies/parodies because it hurts them, when as the Pachelbel’s Rant shows that quite a few songs take the same chords from Pachelbel’s Canon. They got to steal it but they don’t want you to steal it too.


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