I want to believe.
February 4, 2003 11:04 AM
I am, at best, a copyright neophyte
. With little experience and too few hours spent considering the issue, I come accross a proposal by Lessig
that seems to make sense...
The basic idea is this: 50 years after a work has been "published," a copyright owner would be required to pay a copyright tax. That tax should be extremely low--this proposal says $50, but it could be $1. If the copyright holder does not pay the tax for 3 years, then the work is forfeit to the public domain. If the copyright holder does pay the tax, then its contacting agent would be made a matter of public record. Very quickly we would have a cheap, searchable record, of what work is controlled and what work is free.
The idea seems worth considering, but since I haven't spent much time doing that, I don't really have anything to add other than some blog space.