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Copyright Considered Harmful

August 29, 2013 18:20:16.000

Well, this has to be the best example I've seen lately as to why copyright law is so utterly absurd:

Yesterday, August 28th, 2013, marks the 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King’s famous speech, “I Have a Dream”. If you live in the US, you’ve probably heard of this speech. You’ve also probably never read it, heard the audio, or seen the video in its entirety. Unfortunately, the speech is under copyright, and will remain so until 2083. As a result, it is illegal to republish under most circumstances.

We are well past the point where copyright law does anything beyond empowering rent seekers.

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posted by James Robertson

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