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Op Ed

Rock, Paper, Shotgun - Why Games Should Enter The Public Domain.
The idea that creativity is only feasible if thereís a financial reward is abundantly demonstrably false. For someone to make their living from creative pursuits relies on some sort of financial return, yes. Creativity is not dependent on its being oneís living. Thatís enormously crucial to remember. But even when talking about those seeking to make their living, the notion that a finite stretch of time in which exclusive profits can be made doesnít prevent anyone from becoming a multi-millionaire from their work. An eventual transition to the public domain would in no sense take away the financial incentive to create.

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4. Re: Op Ed Feb 4, 2014, 14:15 jdreyer
 
Okay, so I went and looked up Eldred vs. Ashcroft case which challenged the constitutionality of the Sonny Bono Copyright Term Extension Act, which set the copyright extension to death of author + 70 years (a ridiculous amount of time). Basically, the SCOTUS decided that "limited Times" means "not infinite" thus any number less than infinity will do. 200 years? 1000 years? No problem!

The founding fathers were suspicious of monopoly. They by "limited Times" I feel pretty certain they didn't mean "not infinite" but rather, "a short period of time." The first part of the copyright clause is "To promote the Progress of Science and useful Arts." Yes, part of this is to allow exclusivity to financially motivate people. But the other part of that is to allow arts and inventions into the public domain so they can be used freely for improvement and creation. In no way is life + 70 years in support of promoting progress.
 
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