Originally Posted by Jinjuku
The argument is the same. You just are failing to see the logic tree. You keep equating everything back to 'profits' and somethings entry into the public domain. You equate it to a 'loss'. When Disney remade Snow White there wasn't a loss to the original creator. There was however a new imaging of it using animation, color, and audio. That is considered a net Societal Gain. Walt and Co stood on someone else's shoulders and moved the state of the art FORWARD. EXACTLY as intended by copyright.
Look, when you have a large company that depends on revenues from intellectual property, and a lot of people whose paycheck you have to sign every week, the profit issue is not a small one. But my point is, it's easy for us in the software industry to say, oh, well we'll give away our 25 year old version of the code, because it costs us littel to nothing to do so. It's so out of date that it'll never affect our current product.
It's not he same for people who write books, make movies, or make music. The song or movie is the same now as it was 25 years ago and making it free means it loses all value.
And yes, it will eventually move into the public domain, but it's a lot different issue for software vs. other IP, and a longer copyright period is reasonable for them. For us in the software world it makes little difference if it's 20 or 100.
This is completely separate from the who will benefit argument. Yes, people benefit from ideas in the public domain. But, as I've argued a number of times in this thread, what we are talking about here with the bulk of music and movies is not the poems of Emily Dickinson or the cure for cancer, but commercial entertainment products created often at quite substantial expense. It's not high art, and no one is going to miss out on enjoying them in the meantime, nor is anyone prevented from creating similar music, movies, or books about similar stituations and characters. It happens all the time.
Ultimately, the ever ongoing arguments about copyright length are not about the public good, but something fueled by a long ongoing propoganda compaign on the internet as to why the people who make intellectual property are evil and greedy, when hardly any of the people making the arguement really have anything to gain (other than maybe free movies, and not many of those since almost all the stolen content is still in copyright even under much shorter terms.)