5 Seriously Dumb Myths About Copyright the Media Should Stop Repeating

For the record, I don’t have a dog in this fight. But I would like to ask two questions:

  1. We of the unwashed masses do not understand the need for these ‘lifetime + a million years’ copyright extensions. Absolutely, you should hold the copyright for your creations for as long as you live. But why for another 50 years beyond that? How does that benefit the artist?
  2. Where does ‘fair use’ enter the conversation? The whole thing seems to be a black v. white argument. Copyright maximalists arguing that nothing should be available for ‘remix’ (the ‘Blurred Lines’ ruling seems insane to the general public — Marvin Gaye’s family gets millions because Robin Thicke recorded a song that sounds like him, 30 years after he passed?) versus the equally nonsensical stance that ‘musicians should make their money from live concerts’.