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2 hours ago, Gadgetman! said:

 

Anyway, would you tell a sculptor that his lifetime of work is no longer protected and that anyone can recast his creations and sell them?

 

 

It's my understanding that a copyright is for the lifetime of the creator plus X, where X is a variable number of years (altered periodically by Congress) starting AFTER the death of the creator. Sandra Garrity's work to which she has not sold or signed away the rights is HERS while she remains on this mortal coil.

 

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On ‎3‎/‎10‎/‎2018 at 4:35 PM, Gadgetman! said:

 

Blame Disney or Bono for the last extension of uS copyright...

 

Anyway, would you tell a sculptor that his lifetime of work is no longer protected and that anyone can recast his creations and sell them?

 

There's nothing stopping a creator or his/her heirs from releasing copyright on the creations. But if they don't even know what they have...  

I wouldn't steal their inheritance. 

 

As for IP from defunct companies; much of that has been claimed by debtors. If they don't realise what they're sitting on, I guess it would be up to us to educate them so that they license out or sell it to someone who can manufcture the creation, to recoup some of their money.  

 

 

a caveat to all of this :  I am an engineer, I get my ideas and work "borrowed" all the time, in fact I actively encourage it both inside my company and with other firms.  My job is to make the world safer, more efficient, and more pleasurable for everyone.  if I protect IP I am by law only allowed a 14 year timeframe to recover my investment before it becomes public record

 

Well, since you asked:  yes, I would.  you should have a reasonable right to recover the cost of production and a fair profit.  The IP should then be released to the market for distribution.  The law should concentrate on providing fair compensation in the first place rather than allowing some corporation to buy a copyright for a song and sit on it for the lifetime + of the creator, and that is what is happening to most artforms. 

 

I am all for active control:  if you create it and you produce it, it's protected.  you let the production languish, your done and its part of the free market.  Right now I see lots of artwork making people and corporations (not the creators, just capitalists) large amounts of money because they bought a copyright and stopped production to drive up demand.  Other than making the rich richer, how does this help anyone?

 

IP is pretty fuzzy at this point anyway.  what is the actual art?  the actual art is the original piece.  a casting is technically as much the artistry of the caster as it is the one who sculpted the original.  in cases where someone else did the drawing, they too are as much a part of the artists process and deserve equal credit. 

 

I may sound like a 60's hippy but when art is let out onto the world, it should remain accessible, not restricted because you cant figure out who owns it or because the originator doesn't want more copies hanging around.

 

alright that's enough being serious.  now I am going back to playing with little metal men and beasts

 

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