What incentive is copyright after you’re dead?

From Slashdot | Tolkien Trust Sues New Line, May Kill “Hobbit”

Re:Soo … (Score:5, Insightful)

by PopeRatzo (965947) * on Tuesday February 12, @09:35AM (#22391802)
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Copyright is supposed to encourage authors/composers/etc. to create new works to enrich society. Tolkien isn’t even enriching the ground he’s buried in anymore, so there’s *zero* need for a copyright to continue to exist on his works.

Thank you, NormalVisual. I was wondering when someone would state the obvious.

Since I’m someone who makes a living off his “intellectual property”, I’ve thought about this a lot. I just can’t see any benefit (as far as the original purpose of copyright is concerned) for any rights to a work of art to be transferable in any manner. I might go so far as to say an artist should be able to “license” his idea to someone else who wants to extend the work somehow, but there’s no reason his grandchildren should be able to reap direct benefits from it.

If I get rich off my work (probability: imperceptible), I’ll leave the dough to my wife and daughter (who both happen to be younger and healthier than me, and thus likely to survive me). I feel the same way about patent. If an inventor wants to monetize his invention, he should either develop it himself or license it to a company to develop. When he dies, it should become public domain.

And don’t tell me this will “hinder innovation”. Innovators innovate. It’s what they do.

Re:Soo … (Score:4, Insightful)

by ivan256 (17499) on Tuesday February 12, @10:19AM (#22392314)

Life + (X number of years) is a good way to keep people from getting killed for access to their highly profitable creation though… 70 years is probably too long, but I think 15 years is reasonable.

Of course I personally favor the “infinite copyright period with frequent renewals and exponentially increasing fees” model. I doubt we’ll ever see that though.

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