The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #17319   Message #169803
Posted By: GUEST,Okiemockbird
28-Jan-00 - 01:25 PM
Thread Name: Sonny Bono Copyright Extension
Subject: RE: Sonny Bono Copyright Extension
You're right, the recent mergers in the entertainment industry increase the chances that the micro-monopolies of copyright might be pooled into giant macro-monopolies.

Copyright expiration is one of the best anti-trust mechanisms in the art world. If copyrights would timely expire, we would have that much less reason to be worried that media conglomerates would turn into giant engines monopolistic pricing or private censorship.