Chad Perrin: SOB

21 May 2007

epigram: copyright vs. immortality

Filed under: Cognition,Liberty — apotheon @ 01:02

The likelihood that an idea will endure is inversely proportional to the lifespan of its copyright.

In other words: Ideas that are committed into the domain of the public upon inception are more likely to survive into posterity than those whose archiving, distribution, and freedom to pass from one mind to the next are restricted by monopoly power.

(originally HERE)


  1. More importantly…

    the more important, far reaching, useful, or effective an idea is, the more important that it is that it reach the public domain as soon as possible.

    Mickey Mouse needs to enter the public domain precisely because he is such a well known (and/or beloved) icon.

    Comment by SLR — 21 May 2007 @ 08:58

  2. Well said.

    …um, Mickey Mouse?

    Comment by Sterling Camden — 30 May 2007 @ 01:36

  3. Yeah, Mickey Mouse (speaking of immortality)!

    Comment by apotheon — 30 May 2007 @ 08:45

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