copy protected media

A. Kromic akromic at
Sun Jul 11 23:30:52 UTC 2010

On 12/07/10 01:13, Douglas Pollard wrote:
> I worked on TV
> commercials and based on that, And I am going here from memory  I think 
> the term may have been Indefinitely.  I wouldn't go to court with only 
> this in my pocket But I believe I am right.  In any case Life plus 90 
> years is as much a rip off as forever for all practical purposes when 
> compared to the patent of a productive invention for twenty years.  
> There was a time when automotive inventions were only good for one year 
> for fear that one Auto manufacturer  would run all the others out of 
> business in a couple years time.
>       Think about this, it is within the real possibility that a 
> software manufacturer could write a program so innovative that no one 
> could write  a competitive program and no one could compete for 190 
> years.  I guess we will have to wait to see if that happens??           
>           Doug

Copyright cannot  last indefinitely by its very concept. Of course, such
lengths make it look so from our viewpoint - most (all?) of us will not
see the copyrights of works made today lapse during our lifetimes...

And the innovative program you mentioned, copyright has nothing with it.
It doesn't stop people to recreate the same functionality in another
similar program (clone it); well perhaps if a revolutionary algorithm is
invented which cannot be easily figured out, but I don't believe even
that would prevent people to compete. The actual danger lurking in such
cases are software patents...


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