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[InetBib] Copyfraud

Der US-Jurist Jason Mazzone hat einen Aufsatz geschrieben,
der mir aus dem Herzen spricht und der einen treffenden
Titel hat:


Aus dem Abstract:

" Copyright in a work now lasts for seventy years after the
death of the author. Critics contend that this period is
too prolonged, it stifles creativity, and it undermines the
existence of a robust public domain. Whatever the merits of
this critique of copyright law, it overlooks a more
pervasive and serious problem: copyfraud. Copyfraud refers
to falsely claiming a copyright to a public domain work.
Copyfraud is everywhere. False copyright notices appear on
modern reprints of Shakespeare's plays, Beethoven piano
scores, greeting card versions of Monet's water lilies, and
even the U.S. Constitution. Archives claim blanket
copyright to everything in their collections. Vendors of
microfilmed versions of historical newspapers assert
copyright ownership. These false copyright claims, which
are often accompanied by threatened litigation for
reproducing a work without the "owner's" permission, result
in users seeking licenses and paying fees to reproduce
works that are free for everyone to use. Copyfraud also
refers to interference with fair uses of copyrighted works.
By leveraging the vague fair use standards contained in the
Copyright Act and attendant case law, and by threatening
litigation, publishers deter legitimate reproduction of
copyrighted works, improperly insisting on licenses and
payment of fees. Publishers wrongly contend that nobody may
reproduce for any reason any portion of a copyrighted work,
without the publisher's prior approval. These circumstances
have produced fraud on an untold scale, with millions of
works in the public domain deemed copyrighted, and
countless dollars paid out every year in licensing fees to
make copies that could be made for free. Copyfraud stifles
valid forms of reproduction and undermines free speech.
Copyfraud also weakens legitimate intellectual property


Wie koennte man das auf Deutsch nennen? Allmendeschaendung?

Klaus Graf

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