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Why is the European Parliament still pursuing copyright law despite its implementation issues?

The question should be: who is supporting this legislation through lobbying. And a bit searching finds a partial answer: Some groups are opposed to the proposed Copyright Directive on the grounds it ...
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What 1867 act of US congress entered this painting for the Southern District of New York? What did this act of congress actually do?

There was no 1867 Act of Congress relating to this specific print. The Act referred to is actually an 1802 amendment to the Copyright Act of 1790, section one of which provides the wording to be ...
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Why do patents last for only 20 years but copyright can potentially last for more than 150 years?

Disney has significant intellectual property, Mickey Mouse and all of his friends, that they do not want to be public domain. A lot of sources say that Disney spent a lot of money lobbying for an ...
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Why do patents last for only 20 years but copyright can potentially last for more than 150 years?

The official reason why we have copyright laws and patent laws is different. "Copyright law" is about someone creating something, and nobody should be able to rip off the creator by copying it. If I ...
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Is the United States Constitution owned by the people or by the government?

Statutorily, any copyrightable work created by a federal employee as part of their job is in the public domain, so the constitution is in the public domain (not to mention that most of it was created ...
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Why do so many pirated software apps and unlicensed copies of things come from China and the surrounding area?

“Intellectual Property” is a fairly new concept in China, with most of the laws dating only from the 1980's and 90's, so the idea of piracy=bad isn't as entrenched as it is in the West. ...
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Why do patents last for only 20 years but copyright can potentially last for more than 150 years?

The primary reason is that patents are broader than copyright. Take for example the Wheel of Time and Sword of Truth series of books. A large number of people have pointed out how the two series are ...
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Is Copyright a Statute or Common Law and Why?

Copyright law was never a part of the Common Law. According to Wikipedia: The modern concept of copyright originated in Great Britain, in the year 1710, with the Statute of Anne. Under the Statute ...
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Why do so many pirated software apps and unlicensed copies of things come from China and the surrounding area?

It's a basic cultural difference of approach. The Chinese simply don't understand why they can't use and share things right in front of them, like retelling a good joke. If something is good, they ...
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In the UK, what's the rationale for having Crown Copyright?

There are at least two justifications for a Crown Copyright. First, the benefit from use of materials subject to Crown Copyright is very unevenly distributed. So requiring those who use Crown ...
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Why do patents last for only 20 years but copyright can potentially last for more than 150 years?

It is worth noting that the purpose of patent law is to create an incentive for inventors to disclose the best mode to practice their inventions. Without patents inventions would likely be kept as ...
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Why do so many pirated software apps and unlicensed copies of things come from China and the surrounding area?

The source of this cultural difference is, at least partly, in the Cultural Revolution. (I will refer to this as CR in the remainder.) But it is also much older than that in Chinese culture. The ...
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Will Britain be exempt from Article 13 if Brexit passes?

A directive in EU law Article 13 in your question is part of the Directive on Copyright in the Digital Single Market. As the name suggests, it is a directive, which is a legal act in the EU. ...
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Will Britain be exempt from Article 13 if Brexit passes?

The answer is in the article you linked to. The EU passed "fiercely contested changes that make platforms such as YouTube responsible for copyright infringements committed by their users". If US-based ...
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American's opinions on copyright

The general public generally supports the principle of copyright. https://www.pewresearch.org/internet/2004/12/05/part-4-what-the-general-public-believes/ In that survey from 2004, 43% of people said ...
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Why is the European Parliament still pursuing copyright law despite its implementation issues?

This law is not intended to be used to protect copyright holders. Copyright holders are already protected by treaties passed by the European Union: The first judgments of the European Court of ...
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What is the purpose of the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA)?

Regarding purpose, from Wikipedia (emphasis is mine): The Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA) was a proposed multinational treaty for the purpose of establishing international standards for ...
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