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May 16, 2003

A Tiny Tax

Larry Lessig proposes a tiny tax on copyrights older than 50 years. This functions as a mechanism to sweep out old copyrights that no longer have any economic value for their holders. Read up. I think this is a good idea.

(Only read this if you’re a fellow copyright geek. This seems to violate the Berne convention‘s ban on formalities. They say since it’s outside the 50-year minimum we can do anything we want, and anyway that a tax is not a formality, but these don’t ring totally true for me. Admittedly, however, my knowledge of the Berne convention and its interpretation is limited. Hope it works.)

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West wind seems to say,
"This is not legal advice;
I'm not your lawyer."

(And if you're a client with whom I have a preexisting attorney-client relationship, this still isn't legal advice.)

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