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Created or Legislated Equal “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal

, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.” Apparently most of our past and present elected officials don’t believe this and have been tinkering with our laws to correct “all those mistakes God made.” How well do you think they are doing? Some years ago I got upset about our government making musicians more equal than the rest of us. I sent the following to many senators and congressmen. Surprise, I got no response. Music Law VS Patent Law. If you have a great idea, build models and prototypes until you get it functioning, pay a patent attorney, And get it patented, the government allows you 20 years head start on your competition before cutting loose “the dogs of war,” and the idea becomes Public Domain. U.S. Code TITLE 35 http://www.law.cornell.edu/uscode/html/uscode35/usc_sup_01_35.html Quote TITLE 35 PATENTS> PART II > CHAPTER 14 > § 154 Prev | Next § 154. Contents and term of patent; provisional rights (a) In General.— (1) Contents.— Every patent shall contain a short title of the invention and a grant to the patentee, his heirs or assigns, of the right to exclude others from making, using, offering for sale, or selling the invention throughout the United States or importing the invention into the United States, and, if the invention is a process, of the right to exclude others from using, offering for sale or selling throughout the United States, or importing into the United States, products made by that process, referring to the specification for the particulars thereof. (2) Term.— Subject to the payment of fees under this title, such grant shall be for a term beginning on the date on which the patent issues and ending 20 years from the date on which the application for the patent was filed in the United States or, if the application contains a specific reference to an earlier filed application or applications under section 120, 121, or 365 (c) of this title, from the date on which the earliest such application was filed.

Music used to have 28 years before becoming public domain, but then Big Music got it’s fingers into the pie in 1963. Then everything changed with the 1976 Copyright Act. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_States_Copyright_Act_of_1976

When does US works pass into the Public Domain? There is a great chart at: http://www.unc.edu/~unclng/public-d.htm The Chart shows when the laws changed. Basically, all works published prior to 1923 are now in the Public Domain. Published between 1923 to 1963 when published With Notice have 28 years from date of publication before becoming Public Domain. It could be renewed for 47 years. That was extended for 20 years in 1977, for a total renewal of 67 years. This now extends 70 years beyond the death of the individual.

Why should this belong to Big Music? How do you feel about Big Music suing it's customers? That does not sound like The American Way to me. In my opinion all rights should revert to the heirs, and the time duration should revert to 28 years. Why should Music have more rights than other ideas? Just to make Big Music richer?

How about the “War on Poverty?” For fifty years billions have been taken from the rich and given to the poor, and yet the poor remain. Does this have something to do with the idea of teaching people to fish instead of giving them fish?

No matter how many times it has been tried, “From each according to his ability, to each according to his needs..” it always has been and always will be a failure because

Most people are lazy. Sooner or later, the workers say “this isn’t worth it.” and join the lazy.
And those in charge all of a sudden believe that they are Gods, and belittle all below them. Legislating equality never works.