Why is Tom Cotton trying to reduce copyright limits? – By Jazz Shaw (Hot Air) / April 20 2021
This is a bit off the beaten path, but I wanted to toss it out there for your consideration and discussion. Salem Media has learned that Senator Tom Cotton (R-Arkansas) has a draft bill in the works that is being described as a way to strike back against the hegemony of the Big Tech corporations. I’m all in favor of that in principle, but the details of the as-yet-unnamed bill have left some of us scratching our heads. It’s actually a fairly short piece of legislation that would insert a change into Title 17 Section 302, Duration of Copyright. Here’s how section (a) of that bill reads today and has for quite some time:
“Copyright in a work created on or after January 1, 1978, subsists from its creation and, except as provided by the following subsections, endures for a term consisting of the life of the author and 70 years after the author’s death.”
Now here is the key language in the proposed bill.
Section 302 of title 17, United States Code, is amended (1) in subsection (a), by striking ‘‘70’’ and inserting ‘‘50’’
The same language is then applied to the remaining sections of the existing bill. So copyrights will outlive the creator of the content in question by 50 years rather than 70.