[OpenGLAM] [pd-discuss] How Copyright Makes Books and Music Disappear

Nina Paley nina at ninapaley.com
Tue Jul 9 13:06:57 UTC 2013

Nice. I live in Urbana-Champaign IL where the University of Illinois is, not far from Heald's listed office. I hope to meet him some time.


On Jul 9, 2013, at 2:28 AM, Joris Pekel wrote:

> Hi all,
> I have seen the figure of 'the black hole of the 20th century' because of copyright a few times now. Most of the times people scraped book data from Amazon to visualise the lack of content from the last 70 years. 
> A few days ago, Paul Heald from the University of Illinois published a more in depth research paper that explores this notion. From the introduction:
> Powerful copyright lobbyists presently circle the globe advocating ever longer terms of copyright protection based on this under-exploitation hypothesis--that bad things happen when a copyright expires, the work loses its owner, and it falls into the public domain.4 By analyzing present distribution patterns of books and music, this article tests the assumption that works will be under-exploited unless they are owned and therefore questions the validity of arguments in favor of copyright term extension. 
> http://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=2290181
> All the best,
> Joris
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