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

Michael Snow wikipedia at earthlink.net
Sat Feb 4 17:33:18 UTC 2006

Alphax (Wikipedia email) wrote:

>Ray Saintonge wrote:
>>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?
Less than that, or slightly more depending on how you look at it. It was 
originally 14 years from the time of publication, with a one-time right 
of renewal for an additional 14.

--Michael Snow

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