Wednesday, November 27, 2002
Languishing on the Backlist
"Larry Lessig received an analysis of the potential impact of invalidating the 1976 retroactive copyright extension. My gut feeling was that very few creative works from that period remained in print, with an even smaller set in circulation at the local Barnes & Noble or Blockbuster, but it is astonishing to see the numbers.
Of the 300,466 books published in the U.S. from 1927-1956, only 9,240 are currently available from publishers at any price.I think the word for those 291,226 out-of-print books is hoard. Where's Beowulf when you need him, or Bilbo?" [Cox Crow]
— Jason Schultz
Nest of Pirates
"I was shocked to discover a nest of pirates yesterday, operating brazenly right here in my hometown. They were gathered in a large nondescript building, reading and talking quietly and in some cases listening to music. Some kind of social club, perhaps? Yes, but with a profoundly subversive theme: 'sharing' content. This establishment houses large collections of books, magazines, audiotapes, videotapes, CDs, DVDs. And it 'shares' these with its patrons. I watched in amazement as people left the building carrying armloads of these content assets, which they 'borrow' without paying a nickel to the copyright holders. It's frightening, really. Who knew?" [Jon's Radio]
Of course, Jon is being facetious. Pat Schroeder wasn't.