Posted June 11, 2015 3:35 PM by

When does copyright become wrong? —When Steamboat Willy is protected at 100…

 

BRUCE FROHNEN—

 

Monopoly power perpetuates inferior products.

 

This is why in a free (or even semifree) economy monopolies are supposed to be the exception, not the rule. To give a person exclusive, monopolistic rights over their own “creation” (a book, a play, or an invention) certainly makes sense if we want people to continue creating such things.

 

But surely that control cannot, or at least should not, last forever.

 

At some point the work belongs in what we call the public domain; it becomes a part of our literary or commercial culture, our way of seeing or doing things, such that continued absolute power over its use becomes an oppression or drag on the market.

 

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