The essential problem isn’t SOPA but copyright law itself

Let’s bring the term of protection back to life + 20 years.

The Pirate Bay vs Dreamworks correspondence never fails to amuse:

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Go fuck yourself.

Polite as usual,

Nevertheless, I would actually support any serious attempt to improve the ability of creators to profit from their work, which would inevitably lead to the closure of Pirate Bay, which fences stolen property to the financial benefit of a small group of non-creators.

But SOPA is terribly misconceived, and any legislation that is introduced will struggle to gain acceptance. This is because by now just about everyone outside Congress has figured out that copyright legislation itself is to a considerable extent also a form of piracy, similar to that operated by the Vikings, which entitles a powerful clique of non-creators to make money from intellectual property for an obscene length of time after a $20 bunch of flowers was sent to the author’s funeral.

This privatisation of what should be a public resource is a notable drag on innovation in the rich countries, and is a disaster for poor countries seeking to educate their populations. The Soviet Union was right to identify it as a capitalist plot, and the EU is at least as guilty as those filthy Americans.

So I’d vote for {life + 20 years} to protect spouse & children, while discouraging gold-digging blonde necrophiles, but I could envisage shorter terms. “You’re only as good as your last picture” would have a more exciting ring if it had some real-world consequences.

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  1. The problem with copyright laws is that in order to be enforced the government has to snoop on its own citizens to make sure they don’t pass copyrighted data around. I don’t see how it can be done without instituting a police state.
    Also, I find your suggestion of life plus 20 years outrageous. It makes no sense to pay a dead man in order to encourage him to produce more stuff. I’d give something like 5 years counting since the work was first published.

  2. I met Whitney last night with flesh falling off her, going, “Where’s me facking royalties?” Just out of interest, was there a notable increase in zombie sightings after the introduction of copyright law?

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