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By Sonic_aka_T

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06-01-2004, 02:09

Don't copyrights expire after X years? Hell, if a patent expires after maximum 18 years, are we supposed the honour the copyrights on freaking penguin adventure? I'm not gonna... Hell, I'm even considering making a remake of the MSX version of Princess Maker on the GBA. I may still call it "Princess Raper" tho... Maybe add a little Starship Rendezvous BGM by Wolf....

By anonymous

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06-01-2004, 02:34

Software copyrights expire after 75 years. Anyway, I don't care about what you do on GBA.

By Sonic_aka_T

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06-01-2004, 02:52

I doubt software rights expire after 75 years. And sorry, I will try not to bother you anymore by posting on these forums.

By anonymous

incognito ergo sum (109)

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06-01-2004, 05:28

You can doubt what you want, but it will not make it less true.

By BiFi

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06-01-2004, 08:59

I could recall copyrights expiring 50 years after the author has died. What's true about that?

By turbor

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06-01-2004, 09:32

I'm not sure about the europe regulations, but I know that in the US of A. some firm lobbied heavilly (and won) to get it extended to 70 years. Otherwise their 'property' (the worlds most fameous mouse) would have become public domain!

rgds,

turbor

By BiFi

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06-01-2004, 09:47

What's the next step? Extend it to forever?

By anonymous

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06-01-2004, 12:26

I'm getting dizzy with all these numbers...
There are other threads somewhere on this forum that deal with this. I used to think software copyrights lasted shorter too, but unfortunately(?) their not. These numbers (give or take 20 years) count for almost all countries in the world.

By Grauw

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06-01-2004, 12:26

As far as I recall, copyrights expire 70 years after the owner dies.

Patents expire after, I believe, after 20 years (no matter whether the owner is dead or not Smile), and they need to have an explanation of how to make it work. Patents offer much more protection, but they can not be applied to everything (software, music, e.d.), and when the patenting period is over, everyone will know how to make it.

~Grauw

By Grauw

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06-01-2004, 12:31

Copyrights lasting 70 years isn't *that* strange... Suppose your father (or even your grandfather) wrote a very famous book... Say, Moby Dick. Isn't it fair that after he dies, his children and grandchildren get the profit from it instead of whichever company who wants to publish it? And because the copyright is still present, they can also stop people from modifying the text, or disallow 'bad' (for whatever reason) publishers from printing it and making money with it. And after a (long) period, the copyrights *do* expire, and that's why Moby Dick is one of the books you may freely download over the internet.

~Grauw

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