I realize this is a bit off topic. but remember when copyright was a short-term (fourteen years, with another possible fourteen-year extension) agreement between the creator and the public, in that you could monopolize your creation with many protections, but at the end of the term, you had to turn over your creation to the public?
Now, we can argue that fourteen/twenty-eight years may be a bit too short in this day and age, but the pendulum has swung way to the side of, "I want my creation to benefit me for life," and then some, in certain cases. Thanks Bono. Sonny that is, not the one of U2 fame.
And before you say, "but if we don't have these ridiculously long term extensions, no one will ever create anything for fear of losing it," just look at all of the stuff on Bandcamp, Youtube, SoundCloud, etc.