Is copyright too long?

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    Do we really need a copyright to be in effect for 70 years after you die? Does your grandchild deserve royalties for a book you wrote 100 years ago? How does retroactively extending copyright for The Great Gatsby promote science and useful arts and stand to what the F wrote about ex post facto laws in the Constitution?
     
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    Disney and various corps routinely get their copyrights extended.
     
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    This girl who drinks at a bar I go to once in awhile, get checks for " These Boots were made for walking".
    I guess her great uncle or something wrote the song. LOL
     
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    Why should your right to own what you created ever expire?
     
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    How can you own anything 70 years after you die?
     
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    so you do not believe in inheritance?

    You support 100% inheritance tax?
     
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    I guess it is like property, you have the right to pass it on to your children etc.
     
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    How can you inherit an idea or a concept?

    I can hand you my car and house keys before I die. How can i hand you the words I spoke or wrote 30 years ago that are floating around the web, written in books around the world, and resonating in people's heads?
     
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    Because the ideas, concepts, and words were never expressed in that way before, and thus you own the copyright for that exact pattern. If someone can express them in a completely different method, then they can apply for another copyright.
     
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    It is your words and ideas, and it is your choice what gets to happen to them.
    Would you rather a publisher or music label get all the profits? Someone has to publish the book etc.
     

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