property in the public domain

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Just a real quick Friday thought as I come away from some outside blog reading that included this from Kevin Smith at Duke:

It is a fascinating exercise, for example, to read attempts in the late 1960's and early 1970's to influence the direction of the "new" copyright law being considered (which was passed in 1976). L. Ray Patterson's "Copyright in Historical Perspective" (Vanderbilt University Press, 1968), for example, or now-Justice Stephen Breyer's 1970 Harvard Law Review article on "The Uneasy Case for Copyright," offer an all-too-contemporary sounding warning about the doleful consequences of writing a copyright law that does not pay enough attention to users' rights or assumes that the concerns of industry as expressed at a particular moment should be enshrined in a statute meant to function for decades.
...and damn if I didn't finally get it.

Music, graphics, plays, novels, photographs- yes they should return to the people after a limited period of creator ownership. Without society they wouldn't exist; they are society's due. In fact, I propose that all property- not just creative property- revert to societal ownership. After someone dies, they can pass on ownership of lands, businesses, stocks, bonds for the benefit of their heirs for 15 years. Then all of the property and all derivative properties revert to the public. Keeping land, homes and businesses in the hands of one single family is ludicrous when you consider the length of time the items exist in society. What right does one family have to perpetuate ownership of something that society provided for them

Sweet epiphany! I'm a new man!

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