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Commentary: Public Domain Moratorium Ends

For the First Time in More Than 20 Years, Copyrighted Works Will Enter the Public Domain

Click the heading to link to the Smithsonian Magazine article.

A pox on Disney. That was a “mickey mouse” thing for them to do. As it was, the 1978 term limit gave a great-grandchild born in the year of a creator’s death enough time to become a grandparent. Tacking on the 20 years just added one more generation to an extended family that had already been living on more inherited wealth, earned by its control over its founder’s creation, than they knew what to do with.

As a creator of intellectual property who has registered works for copyright protection, I’ve been a vocal advocate of registration on my blog, as a means to help limit the piracy and plagiarism that desktop publishing has made so easy. But the extension meant that books which have gone out of print have stayed out of print, meaning that, as the old copies fell apart and were discarded by libraries, they lost readership. And to a person whose readership can be counted on the fingers of one hand, that’s appalling. What’s more, the hiatus has put a serious cramp in my research efforts.

So I’m one of those “fierce advocates” who agrees that 95 years of inaccessibility is enough. More than enough.

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Register Copyrights to Prevent Copy Wrongs

All Indie Authors Should Register Their Copyrights.

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Yesterday was a productive day: I registered my copyright to The Bookplate Book, Volume 3, and mailed deposit copies of Vols. 2 and 3 to the Copyright Office at the Library of Congress (I had already done so for Vol. 1).

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If you’re an Indie Author and have hesitated to register your copyright (for whatever reason), please reconsider. Not only does registration help protect your works from piracy and plagiarism, but also it shows that you take yourself seriously as a source and a guardian of national culture.

 

 

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Another Author’s Insight: Robert Graves (1895-1985)

gravesMy mother told [my father] at once that she liked Father O’Flynn, the song for writing which my father will be chiefly remembered. He had put the words to a traditional jig tune ‘The Top of Cork Road’, which he remembered from his boyhood. Sir Charles Stanford supplied a few chords for the setting. My father sold the complete rights for one guinea. Boosey, the publisher, made thousands. Sir Charles Stanford, who drew a royalty as the composer, also collected a very large sum. Recently my father has been sent a few pounds from gramophone rights. He is not bitter about all this, but has more than once impressed upon me almost religiously never to sell for a sum down the complete rights of any work of mine whatsoever.
~ Good-bye to All That, Chapter I

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