[pp.int.general] Fwd: <nettime> Richard Stallman: How the Swedish Pirate Party Platform Backfires on Free Software
eric.priezkalns at pirateparty.org.uk
Wed Jul 29 17:39:48 CEST 2009
On 29 Jul 2009, at 15:53, Philip Hunt wrote:
> And make no mistake, Berne is a bad treaty that needs to be abolished.
> A copyright term of life plus 50 years is far too long.
Forgive the pedantry, but I think you mean that the convention needs
to be reformed or superseded, not abolished. The Berne convention was
not all bad, and brought about some improvements over the pre-existing
national laws. For example, it oriented the rights to be more in
favour of creators, and less focused on the interests of publishers.
One aspect of this was that creators had rights simply as a result of
creating, without needing to register their work in order to secure
those rights. Abolition implies reverting to a hotchpotch of national
laws and bilateral treaties, and that may have lots of undesirable
consequences. One challenge for this fledgling international movement
is working out, amongst ourselves, what a Berne mk.2 would look like.
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