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Re: Hypothetical situation to chew on

Michael K. Edwards wrote:
> Josh Triplett <josh.trip@verizon.net> wrote:
>>Andrew Suffield wrote:
>>>Frankly, I think we were better off in the days when copyright had to
>>>be explicitly claimed.
>>>Anybody who doesn't know enough to claim it obviously doesn't know
>>>enough to license the damn thing properly either. That would cut out a
>>>lot of the crap we see.
>>I agree entirely.  I also agree with the various proposals to revoke the
>>copyright grant when the copyright holder ceases to care about it.
> Presumably this would result in a formula for copyright maintenance
> similar to that now in place for trademark maintenance.  Personally, I
> would not like to see this happen.

Neither would I.  I'm not suggesting that you must "enforce" your
copyrights in order to keep them; rather, I'm referring to various
proposed fixes such as the Public Domain Enhancement Act, which would
require a token fee (such as $1) after a certain amount of time, and
expire the copyright if the fee is not paid.  This would essentially
require you to periodically renew your copyright registration.

- Josh Triplett

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