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Different copyright terms for different kinds of authorship?

O’Reilly Radar blogger Jenn Webb tells us of a trial balloon floated by noted copyright scholar William F. Patry, now senior copyright counsel for Google. Patry wonders whether different types of copyrighted works should have different copyright terms.

“Creativity isn’t one size fits all — books aren’t like movies, sculptures are like poems, emails and business documents aren’t like Harry Potter books. Yet, we treat every single copyrighted work exactly the same way. That doesn’t make sense,” she quotes Patry as saying.

Webb’s blog entry includes links to a video interview and specific clips in the video.

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