Cutter wrote on Jan 2, 2013, 12:18: Those lengths are absurd. More like 5 years at the most would be reasonable.
For public domain?
So everyone should be able to make a James Bond movie? Or a Toy Story movie? At this point even a Half Life? Half Life 2 is over 3 years old, so we should legally have a Half Life 3 sex game with Alyx and Dog?
Half Life should be public domain so we should just be able to get it off the internet without paying Valve? EA should be able to sell it on Origin without paying them?
If something still has value the creator should still be able to get value. I can't think of a single argument for how society would be better if Gordon Freeman was public domain. Or if every shitty amusement park in every backwoods part of the country suddenly had Mickey Mouse walking around.