- The intent of this law is support a diverse field of artistic works. The intent is not to prevent the use or distribution of such works. (XXX or to be used as corporate leverage?)
- This law shall not impose any effects or restrictions on works not of direct artistic intent, or who's practical necessity exceeds that of the artistic intent. This includes (but is not limited to) any legal documents, data collections, specifications of interactions(XXX), XXX.
- A specification of interaction is defined as a work explaining the size, behavior, or other property of a subject of interaction, as necessary for it to be used or interacted with.
- Subjects of interaction include (for example) physical objects (such as a bolt), processes, software protocols, formats or other interfaces.
- This law shall only apply to the expression of the work, not to the abstract concept underlying it.
- An entity in posession of a work shall be permitted to do anything(XXX) necessary to display or make personal or private use of the work. This includes redistribution of altered forms (such as translations) to other posessors of the work when they are not otherwise readily available.
- Upon receiving a work an entity shall be obligated, if they wish to duplicate it (other than otherwise permitted in this law), they shall be obligated to acquire a license from the author.
- If an entity has possessed a work for atleast five years the author shall be obligated to provide, as an option to the licensee, a flat fee of 50% of revenues relevent to the duplication (XXX or selling of the duplication?) with no other restrictions. It is not expected that all such licenses shall have appreciable revenue.
- If an entity has possessed a work for atleast ten years they are no longer obligated to obtain a license and may duplicate the work without restriction.
- No contract shall restrict an entity from duplicating or distributing a work for more than fifteen years after they first received it. Attempts to do so shall be deemed null and void (XXX).
- Within fifteen years of first receiving a work an entity is obligated to accurately inform the receiver of any duplicates as to the identity of the author, to the best of their ability.
- XXX I need something involving advertising. Using a character to advertise your work should be protected for longer than the normal terms. [Update] First 20 years consider the work to be an endorsement of the author, and as such any use of the work that operates as endorsement require the author's consent. XXX is there a specific law I should reference here?
- [Update] XXX Need a way for publically distributed materials to revert to the earliest date of distribution. Maybe private as well? Is there already common law on this?
- [Update] XXX I think the “upon receiving the work” dates are too complicated. Too many different people with different dates. Instead I'd prefer “public dissemination” (aka publishing) or something of the sort to be the primary date, with an extra 5 years for an “upon receiving the work” fallback.
- [Update] XXX The identity aspects should perhaps be expanded to rewrite trademark laws as well. There's essentially two purposes to identity laws. One is to ensure a consumer gets the product they expect (this is what current trademark laws do and it's essentially to make fraud less ambiguous.) The other is allowing consumers to locate the author of a work and support them (i.e. by buying merchandise or other works.) Notably lacking is a desire to give the author fame.
Copyright Reform, First Draft
At this point things aren't well organized. Just a list of items. At some point I'll make a new post once I have sufficient changes collected and stop editing this one. I'll edit it to add a link at that point.