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Submission + - Ask Slashdot: Is Google really getting infinite copyright extension? 1

professorguy writes: Google Earth once displayed an image of our small, rural town taken in 2005 marked (c) 2005. I noticed that in 2009, Google Earth displayed the SAME IMAGE but marked with (c) 2009. In 2011, the copyright date changed again but the image did not. Today I noticed the copyright date is now 2013, but it is the SAME IMAGE from 2005. It seems they got an 8-year copyright extension on their image.

Does Google get infinite copyright extension by simply continuously 'republishing' the same content? Does this mean no Earth image will ever be in the public domain? Can I just update the copyright dates on my own web content and get a free 15-year extension?
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