A Radical Proposal – Let’s Cut Copyright Terms Back

Long copyrights are choking creativity, and make no sense as incentives to further creativity. “The flood of free content on the internet has shown that most creators do not need incentives that stretch across generations. To reward those who can attract a paying audience, and the firms that support them, much shorter copyrights would be enough. The 14-year term of the original 18th-century British and American copyright laws, renewable once, might be a good place to start.”