Well, well, well. I don’t think we’ve ever had a single story submitted to us more often than Mark Helprin’s opinion piece in the NY Times over the weekend, trying (and failing) to support the idea that copyright deserves to last forever and be passed on from descendant to descendant. Before getting into the details of why he’s wrong (and confused), I should note that it certainly is interesting that just as a new “copyright alliance” has formed to push for stronger copyright laws, we start seeing articles like this one and others pushing the argument for stronger copyright and patent laws to extreme positions. A conspiracy-minded person might suggest that this is no coincidence, and that the best way to get stronger copyright and patent laws passed is to first get people arguing about ridiculously strong laws, and then get them to agree to “lesser” changes that are still much stronger than what we have today.
Previously in this blog:
Disney: Our Terrorist Mouse Is Better Than Their Terrorist Mouse Anyway
More Re: The Tyranny
Tyranny In My Lifetime!
There Had Better Be A Huge Outrage Over This!
Mickey Mouse: A Real Terrorist!