Only one thing is impossible for God: To find any sense in any copyright law on the planet.
Mr. S. L. Clemens believed that copyright ought to be perpetual, and that it required uncommon stupidity to think otherwise. He liked to say, in tones of surprise and personal affront, that every other kind of property was eternal, but copyright alone was confiscated by the government at an arbitrary date.
Which ignored the fact that patents are also ‘confiscated’ after shorter terms than copyrights.
And the fact that real estate is liable to confiscation after a term as short as one year, if you fail to pay your property taxes; and likewise with mines. [Read more…]