December 6, 2006 · Lessig
Meanwhile, you can read two reports the Review commissioned. One is a fantastic report about the economics of term extension. You can download it here.
The second is a report about Orphan Works (I’ve not read this yet). You can get it here.
My piece in the Financial Times today about the report is here. The punch line:
There are some who believe that copyright terms should be perpetual. Britain did the world a great service when it resolved that debate almost 300 years ago, by establishing one of the earliest copyright regimes to limit copyright to a fixed term. It could now teach the world a second important lesson: any gift of term extension should only go to those who ask.