Friday, March 30, 2012

Copyright Lasts too Long

This graph, from Matt Yglesias, tells you all you need to know about how copyright is hurting American culture. Books older than 80 years are pushed by all sorts of classics publishers and can sell well. New books sell well. Books more than 20 years old but less than 80, books that are still under copyright but forgotten by their first publishers, are dead. Why? Neither authors nor readers benefit from this.

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