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Jeremy Yoder
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I was doing some research on how to figure out who to contact about licensing something old but still under copyright and stumbled on this...  I LOVE this idea!  It solves so many problems in one shot!

"There is a valid argument for saying 'People should not have to pay to register every single thing.'. But the fact is, at this point in time, there's absolutely no reason why anyone should have to pay just in case.

The government could simply have a website and hand out unique IDs whenever anyone wanted. You produce something you suspect might be worth copyrighting, you get a unique ID for that thing for free and stick it in the copyright notice.

Then you have three years to actually fill out a copyright registration for that ID and pay $25 or whatever, or it's considered abandoned and thus public domain.

That seems to get rid of any of the so-called reasons we started issuing copyrights automatically. It gives people plenty of time to see if the registration is worthwhile, it helps people who might not have thought that specific thing was worthwhile, yet doesn't result in every single damn thing ever written being copyrighted.

Likewise, if someone attempts to contact the person listed, and they can not be reached, they should be able to send a notice to the copyright office, which will then mail an official letter giving them a year to fix their registration, or it's public domain. Any idiot can type in the unique ID and see the copyright status, and where to send the info to. (We could even charge people for questioning the status. You try to contact a copyright holder, you can't, you pay $1 to have the copyright office send an official postage-paid letter that they are require to respond to.)

And we need to go through the older stuff and slowly start requiring that done to them, also. The older stuff actually does have registration, as you pointed out....but we need to put the contact information online, so we can say 'Hey, those people don't exist', and get the copyright office to remove the copyright after a year or so.

As for the newer stuff, that's harder to figure out, but I think giving people ten years or so to locate it and register it would be reasonable."

So, now I just need to get elected to congress, write a new copyright law, and get Disney to sign off!  Maybe if we made the term renewable every 5 years for 110 years for corporations?  ;-)

Still need to "solve" patents, but at least copyright is done.
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Pretty cool site!  I also happen to agree with the message as well :)

http://letsfreecongress.org/
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Anyone else annoyed that you can't get a free credit score with your free credit report?  Looks like there's new legislation to change that!  Write/call your congressfolk!

https://secure.consumersunion.org/site/Advocacy?cmd=display&page=UserAction&id=2743
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Why in the world can't Netflix manage to implement a usable parental control system for streaming?  Are they all completely incompetent?  We're not talking rocket science here.  There are at least a dozen different options they could use that would be a vast improvement over the current system of "all or nothing".  The fact that they have had streaming for YEARS and still can't manage to support decent parental controls just makes them look bad.

Come on Netflix!  Give a developer a half a day to work on this!  I won't repeat the lists of options that are floating around because honestly you already KNOW those.  Just FIX IT.
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Wait, what? This is terrible.
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What's more important than who is in power in Washington?  The people* pulling the strings of those in power.

* "Corporations are people, my friend"
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You used your "git ls" alias a lot during the video, but I never caught where you defined it.  What was the full command for that?
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Thanks!  I'll be sharing this with my team :)
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Woah...  Now that's a depressing day.  Every single day.  Members of congress probably spend about as much time begging for money as your average panhandler on the street.  They get a better return on their investment, but still :)

http://anticorruptionact.org/
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Nice site!  I found a ton of helpful shortcuts for Chrome :)
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