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[–] ardvarcus 0 points 4 points (+4|-0) ago 

Copyright has been extended excessively thanks to the lobbying of large corporations. A reasonable term for copyright would be fifty years from date of publication, or the lifespan of the author. That would insure the author was potentially able to make money from the work during his entire lifetime, but it would allow the work to come into the public domain immediately, or shortly, after the author's death. For example, if an author published a book at age 20, and died at age 71, the book would immediately be in public domain; but if the author died at age 60, the book would come into public domain 10 years later.