Re: Cypherpunks anti-License
On Feb 26, 2004, at 12:35, Branden Robinson wrote:
> Not true. Governments can (and have) passed legislation to yank a work
> out of the public domain and put it back under copyright.
Anthony DeRobertis wrote in response:
> <cough> Mickey Mouse Copyright Extension Act <cough>
No; the MMCEA (or whatever the real abbreviation was) kept all
public domain works public domain under a grandfather clause.
In recent history, the only US law that put public domain works
back into copyright was the URAA, which only put works back into
copyright that had left copyright soley due to technicalities of
US law and that were still under copyright in their home countries.
As extensions of copyright go, it was relatively fair.
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