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[ih] Who owns old RFCs ?

full agreement with Noel about the grotesque way in which copyright law has
been distorted.

On Thu, Apr 23, 2020 at 12:00 PM Noel Chiappa via Internet-history <
internet-history at elists.isoc.org> wrote:

>     > From: Vint Cerf
>     > The idea behind copyright is a finite time for control by the author
> and
>     > then entry into public domain for the benefit of all.
> That's the theory - but we all know about theory and practise. The 'Mickey
> Mouse' extension to copyright duration ('Mickey Mouse' in both senses) has
> made the 'finite' very lengthy indeed - and the rationale which the US
> Supreme
> Court used in upholding it (basically 'anything not indefinits is limited'
> -
> talk about ignoring the basic point, in favour of a tortured reading of the
> fine print) would allow further extensions.
> (My old intellectual propery law guy at Hale and Dorr, also a prof at
> Harvard
> Law, was one of the leading lights in the group that appealed the extension
> law to the Supreme Court; I discussed it with him at the time,and we were
> both
> totally disgusted at the SC's rationale.)
>           Noel
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