Nathan (gemsling) wrote,

Not happy

The Evil Free Trade Agreement has been signed with America. Okay, so it's not evil, but there are parts of it that make me unhappy. In particular, this:

Included in the treaty is an agreement for Australia to implement American-style DMCA copyright laws, extensions to the term of copyright, and an agreement to move towards American-style patent and trademark laws

The thing that I dislike most, is this:
  • "An increased term of protection for copyright material"

  • Making copyright valid until 50 years after the author's death is silly. See Founders' Copyright for the original scheme - 14 years of copyright protection from the date of creation - much fairer.

    And now they want us to follow the US and increase the term from 50 years to 70 years after death? Sigh.

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