Copyright Conundrum

Re "Justices OK Copyright Extension," Jan. 16: The Supreme Court had an up or down decision to make. It could not rewrite a bad law. Congress should now do a rewrite job. When a book has been out of print for three years, the copyright should lapse. Then it would be legal for someone else to place it back in print. As things stand, there are thousands of copyrights avariciously held by inheritors who want to think they own gold mines but won't operate the mines or let anyone else get at the gold.

Gilbert S. Bahn


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