A Guide for Students and Teachers
Edited by Richard Watt
Chapter 5: The public domain
As policymakers around the world consider further extensions of the term of copyright for existing works, a debate rages over the value of maintaining a growing public domain. Copyright term extensions prevent works from falling into the public domain, essentially freezing the number of works available for free exploitation. The aggressive lobbying of copyright owners has brought cost-benefit analysis of the public domain to the forefront of economic research in copyright law.
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