January 29, 2001

A meditation on copyright issues

Author: JT Smith

Kelly McNeill at OSOpinion writes "Sooner or later, if copyright issues aren't brought under control, copyright protection could extend for a length greater than the projected existence of the universe, or at least for "forever minus a day." "Forever minus a day" sounds like a precise definition of how long the protection lasts, until one asks silly questions like, "Is 'forever' to be understood as 'infinity?'" And "How do we know when to subtract one from infinity?" Not to forget, "Are we using integers, or can we use real numbers -- and how about complex numbers?""

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