Bedford Falls and copyright law

Thanks to Instapundit for linking to this interesting discussion of copyright laws, based on the situation with the now-classic film It’s A Wonderful Life. I have tended to come down on the side of “copyrights/patents should last forever, to ensure the creator is paid for his creative equity.”  But this article introduced me to the idea that American culture at large benefits from creative works entering the public domain. And that’s a compelling argument.

Along with the article, much of the attached commentary is instructive as well.

Those of you who are songwriters, authors, artists or others in the creative pursuits, I’d sure like to hear your thoughts on the matter.  Thanks, and Merry Christmas.


One response to this post.

  1. Thank you for bringing this to my (our) attention. While the argument for copyright limit is persuasive from the standpoint of the right of the public, I come down on the side of the Bono proposal of forever minus one day. Granted, as a published author and having had several songs that I have written recorded, my view is painted with a self-serving brush. More objectively, I would offer the proposal that many artistic endeavors are not discovered or valued until generations after their creation. Moreover, why should heirs be denied the rights to their ancestor’s work any less than if their ancestor had willed them a painting, or diamond, or tract of land?


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