[pp.int.general] where is the manifesto?
Richard M Stallman
rms at gnu.org
Sun Dec 28 18:29:12 CET 2008
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<pre wrap="">This means that the problem would be corrected over a period of 150 years.</pre>
It is literally true.
As for works created prior to the change -of the legal
framework- material rights would last 70 years after the author's
death, and as supposedly there is a mean expectancy of life of 80
Some people (half?) live longer than the life expectancy. Reaching
age 100 is unusual but not astounding. If a person publishes of age
20 publishes a work, and lives to 100, then under current law the
copyright on that work would last 150 years. A few copyrights
might even last longer. Most will last a shorter period.
Thus, if we change the law only for future works, the existing
copyrights will expire over coming 150 years. Our grandchildren might
see the end of it.
Perhaps you would be satisfied with this, but I would rather
keep working to win freedom sooner.
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