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Copyright, as a protection and law, has been around for hundreds of years.
The goal of copyright was to provide "artists" (ie: creative folk) the opportunity to earn money from their efforts by preventing others from copying and performing "creative works" without permission and possibly compensation.
As a concept, it's a laudible one.
Recent implementations of copyright law however, seem to have lost their connection with the original goals and objectives.
For example, if copyright was designed to ensure that an artist could protect their earnings from unlawful duplication or performance then there's little point in such protection extending beyond the death of the creator. Once you're dead, you no longer need copyright protection do you?
In an era when patents are only valid for less than two decades, why should copyright extend for another lifetime beyond the death of the person who creates an artistic work?
Indeed, there was a time when copyrighted works automatically fell into the public domain (for the benefit of *everyone*) after a reasonable length of time. Sadly, due to commercial pressures from large recording and movie companies, that "length of time" has repeatedly been extended until it now seems as if copyright is almost perpetual.
The public domain is being starved of legacy content that should regularly be boosting its size and scope.
Yes, people have been complaining about the lack of forums for months now so I finally got off my chuff and finished the transition to the new server and the commissioning of the new forums.Unfortunately you will have to re-register, it just wasn't practical to transition the IDs from the old server -- although the old stuff will be maintained in a "read-only" capacity for some time to come.
So, if you want to "have your say" then register at the new forums using the magic word Aardvarkroxs when asked for it.
Take a moment to introduce yourself to the rest of the Aardvark community and pretty shortly I'll be expanding the number of forums to encompass a number of areas that are regularly discussed on this site.
The contact form is not yet working (got to rejig the CGI scripts) but if anyone wants to email me they can send their communications to editor at this domain or PM me via the forums.
Oh yes, if anyone wants a bit of a plug then the sponsorship space is now up for grabs. Until someone is prepared to offer a donation for the use of this space, I'm happy to offer a free plug to anyone who wants to send me a suitable 150x150 graphic and link.
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