[WikiEN-l] Re: US Congress Staff Editing Wikipedia

Alphax (Wikipedia email) alphasigmax at gmail.com
Sat Feb 4 15:20:18 UTC 2006

Ray Saintonge wrote:
> Anthony DiPierro wrote:
>> I wouldn't go so far as to say that I'd like to see the US make fair
>> use more restrictive - although frankly it probably wouldn't matter
>> all that much in my daily life.
>> But making it more clear when the answer is "No."  That'd be
>> tremendously helpful to Wikipedia, in that it'd resolve a lot of
>> conflict, and I really don't see how it'd hurt anything.
> Another interesting possibility would be a use-it-or-lose-it provision. 
> If there has been no properly authorized publication of a copright work
> in the last 10 years, any reprinting is fair use.

Wasn't copyright originally intended to be blanket 25 years, regardless
of how alive or otherwise the author was?

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