Mon, 21 Jan 2008

Macaulay on Copyright

I've twice before opined that the owners of creative works are overreaching: first on 30-sep-2005 as Copyright Natural Law and again on 20-May-2007 as It's a bargain, not a right. I've thought "Gosh, I'm such a smarty-pants for figuring this out." Well, it turns out that I've been preceded by a century and a half by Thomas Babbington Macaulay. He made a speech before the English Parliment when they were considering extending the length of coypright to 60 years. He convinced them, and they didn't do it.

This speech was published on Kuro5hin on 25-Apr-2002 as Macaulay on Copyright. It's a little hard to read, but please do so.

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