Originally Posted by SteveEisenberg
In the US, copyright inheritance is regulated by varying state laws. But, in general, if you have six children, you can give each child 1/6 interest in the copyright, either through your will, or by dying without one. Unlimited copyright would mean, for many books, copyright being split dozens of ways within three or four generations. Within a millennium, some books could be split a billion ways. So I'm going to say that any argument for unlimited copyright is a poor one due to practical considerations.
To avoid any misunderstandings, I am not proposing unlimited copyright terms. I am just saying that there are a few good arguments in favor of it, and it would be a lot better than having no copyright at all. I am not saying we should walk down that road or that it is very practical.