The music industry is still suing college students over file-sharing. Viacom is suing Google and YouTube for $1 billion for copyright violations. NBC and News Corp. are teaming up with their own video-sharing concept, dubbed NewCo (or “ClownCo” by Google), to help protect their copyrighted material. The increasing length of copyrights in the U.S., and the quick obsolescence of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act, passed in 1998, seems to beg for a reformed copyright law that takes into account new technology. Someone recently asked me, “Should we just change copyright law so the protection only lasts 10 years?” That’s easier said than done, as the media companies have successfully lobbied for extending copyrights while no one seems to be lobbying the other way. How do you think U.S. copyright law should change, or do you think it’s OK as is? Share your thoughts in the comments and I’ll highlight the best ideas in the next Your Take Roundup.
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