Larry's been pushing this idea for awhile now, but it's coming to a head. It's VERY important. You folks better get this passed in the US so we can push it in Japan. Please please please. It's a great idea and is so simple to argue for that we MUST all support it.

reclaiming the public domain

Lawrence Lessig
We have launched a petition to build support for the Public Domain Enhancement Act. That act would require American copyright holders to pay $1 fifty years after a work was published. If they pay the $1, the copyright continues. If they don’t, the work passes into the public domain. Historical estimates would suggest 98% of works would pass into the pubilc domain after 50 years. The Act would do a great deal to reclaim a public domain.

This proposal has received a great deal of support. It is now facing some important lobbyists’ opposition. We need a public way to begin to demonstrate who the lobbyists don’t speak for. This is the first step.

If you are an ally in at least this cause, please sign the petition. Please blog it, please email it, please spam it, please buy billboards about it — please do whatever you can. And most importantly, please help us explain its importance. There is a chance to do something significant here. But it will take a clearer, simpler voice than mine.

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Joi. What is this entity that you call the public? Is it everybody or nobody? An idea can be shared by everybody without any individual having to take less of the idea than another person. However can the process work the otherway around? Is there such a thing as a publicly generated idea and if so can that have a positive effect on the life of the individual? A black hole aborbs the light that surrounds it and it would seem that this entity that you call the public could be about to do the same thing. The members of the public could not live without the creative mind of the individual. If the creator wishes to give other human beings the fruit of his mind for nothing that is choice but to force the creator to do this by Law is compulsion. If individual members of this entity called the public want to have a claim an the rights of ownership to the fruits of the creative mind 50 years later - why should those individuals not pay $1 each for the priviledge. I think that this is a very very slippy slope Joi.

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