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I've created a petition on whitehouse.gov asking them to reduce the term of copyrights back to what they were in 1976: 28 years, with an option to renew for another 28 years. Though I don't generally put much faith in online petitions, the white house genuinely does read and respond to ones that get enough signatures. So even if this doesn't directly change anything, it's a good way to tell your leaders that you care about copyright, that you don't approve of the absurd terms they've created as a giveaway to media companies, and that you want them to do something about it.

The petition needs 150 signatures before it becomes visible in the list of open petitions, and to be guaranteed a response it needs to get 25,000 signatures within 30 days. But they still respond to many petitions that don't reach that threshhold or that take more than 30 days to reach it.

So please, do whatever you can to help. Sign it. Share the link with other people. And while you're on the site, take a look at the other open petitions - you might find some you agree with and want to sign. If we don't like what our elected representatives are doing, it's up to us to tell them that.
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It's passed 150 and is now visible on the list of open petitions. :) It's going up a lot faster now. When I checked at noon, it was 148. At 1:30, it had already reached 235. Now, an hour after that, it's already up to 334.
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