Doc Searls points out Larry Lessig’s New York Tome’s op-ed column, “Protecting Mickey Mouse at Art’s Expense” in Lessig is More and emphasizes a portion of the column where Lessig proposes a fee for extending a copyright, similar to the current patent system. That way, owners would be inclined to release items no longer earning their keep. Could this establish a new industry of copyrights for sale? Potentially a two-edged sword. But it could bring back these works in accessible form to our culture.
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