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Old 10-08-2012, 06:57 AM   #120
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Originally Posted by corroonb View Post
Is reading a public domain book morally equivalent to copyright infringement? Not legally of course but you are benefiting from the writer's labour but paying nothing for that labour? Why shouldn't his descendants benefit?

Why should there be any limit to copyright at all?

If it's morally wrong to benefit from an author's labour without paying while they're living, why does them dying make a difference (or more absurdly being dead for 100 years)?
Copyright must protect authors, not their heirs.
And it has to be long anough to make an author being paid (a little bit more than a construction worker, say), but it also must be short enough to make the author write more if he wants to earn a living (exactly like a construction worker).
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