Tuesday, February 21, 2006

Reg of Copyrights concedes (C) term is too long

Via Boing Boing:

Marybeth Peters, the Register of Copyrights, has publicly stated that the copyright term is too long. In context, she effectively says that it's been hijacked and turned from a law designed to benefit the public interest to one designed to benefit publishers, though this is implicit.

Perhaps I've been too critical of Ms. Peters in my recent writing, notably in Catch 1201 and in my DMCA exemption proceedings reply comment (pdf). I still disagree with several of the conclusions she has drawn--particularly her willingness to ignore real harms as "mere inconveniences" and to give the entertainment industry a free pass on claims of widespread infringement that would supposedly come from proposed exemptions. But I'm pleased to see another bit of evidence that she's willing to speak on behalf of the public interest.


At 7:05 PM, Blogger Bill Herman said...

You know, I've rethought my backing-off on Marybeth Peters. Read this:

And this:

And this:

Sorry to split the lines--must make the comments fit in the narrow column.

Basically, I don't know what to think about Ms. Peters. I think that I'd rather have most copyright lawyers in her seat, and I'd sure as heck take just about any copyright scholar around today.

But I can't straight diss her. Every once in awhile, she still comes out on the right side of things.


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