Talk:Copyright for Educators/Protections

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Suggestion for substantive change201:06, 30 December 2011

Suggestion for substantive change

Re: text in Key points under "Duration of copyright":

  • Life plus 50 years is typically the minimum for most countries and many signatories of the Berne Convention, excluding the regions or countries listed, for example, below:.
    • Life plus 70 years for member states of the European Union
    • Life plus 70 years for the United States of America
    • A few countries may have shorter or longer periods.

This seems a bit misleading: 1) I'm not sure what is meant by the words "typically the minimum" and 2) the bullet that says that a "few" countries may have shorter or longer periods....than what...50? 70? both?.

I suggest this be revised to the following.

  • The Berne Convention and TRIPS recommend that the duration of copyright be at least life plus 50 years. Countries may have shorter or longer durations.
    • Most Berne Convention signatory countries have a copyright duration of life plus 50 years.
    • Some countries have adopted longer durations: e.g., life plus 70 years for the United States of America and member states of the European Union.
    • A few countries have a copyright duration shorter than 50 years.

I thought it best to check on this revision before going ahead with it, as it may change the intended meaning.

Alison

ASnieckus (talk)19:58, 29 December 2011

Alison,

I suggest the following revision with a minor adjustment to your improvement:

I prefer not to introduce TRIPs / WTO into this conversation -- it complicates issues. The Berne Convention is more relevant here as the foundation for duration.

I also added the missing link to WP copyright duration.

Mackiwg (talk)21:53, 29 December 2011

Wayne,

I thought maybe there was more to it. Thanks for the correction. I made the change on the page.

Alison

ASnieckus (talk)01:06, 30 December 2011