This sounds like a good idea to me. I signed.
We have launched a petition to
build support for the Public Domain
Enhancement Act. That act would require American copyright holders to pay $1 fifty
years after a work was published. If they pay the $1, the copyright continues. If
they don't, the work passes into the public domain. Historical estimates would suggest
98% of works would pass into the pubilc domain after 50 years. The Act would do a
great deal to reclaim a public domain.
This proposal has received a great deal of support.
It is now facing some important lobbyists' opposition. We need a public way to begin
to demonstrate who the lobbyists don't speak for. This is the first step.
If you are an ally in at least this cause, please
sign the petition. Please blog it, please email it, please spam it, please buy billboards
about it -- please do whatever you can. And most importantly, please help us explain
its importance. There is a chance to do something significant here. But it will take
a clearer, simpler voice than mine.
Now go and sign that petition.
Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful
committed people can change the world: indeed it's the only thing that ever has.
-- Margaret Meade