May 19, 2003

Copyright Maintenance Fees

Lawrence Lessig has posted for help in getting a congressperson to introduce a $1 copyright maintenance fee bill.

I can't help but think that this solution is too easily circumvented. A copyright maintenance industry would spring up in no time. "For just $5, we guarantee timely payment of all future copyright maintenance fees. Don't miss out on the full length of copyright to which you are entitled..."

I believe that the good fight for an intellectual commons needs to be fought, but I'm not convinced that attempting to introduce legislature of this type is a good use of battle resources.

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