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Comment Re:Mickey Mouse copyirght extenstions... (Score 2) 183

To promote the Progress of Science and useful Arts, by securing for limited Times to Authors and Inventors the exclusive Right to their respective Writings and Discoveries.

The above is otherwise known as the copyright clause of the US Constitution. Copyrights were not intended to be infinite. What you are thinking of are trademarks.

1000 years is still a "limited Time"

Comment Re:Mickey Mouse copyirght extenstions... (Score 1, Interesting) 183

Copyright should be renewable forever upon payment of a fee every ten years or so. If a property is so valuable that it generates income, fine. Keep paying the fee and keep the property. If nobody is making money from it and nobody can be bothered to make the payment, then the property falls into the public domain.

egrep patterns are full regular expressions; it uses a fast deterministic algorithm that sometimes needs exponential space. -- unix manuals

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