Argentinian lawmakers are reviewing a possible new law which would extend the copyright on photographs and films from the current 20 years after date of publication, to a greatly extended 70 years after the photographer’s death. According to the Electronic Frontier Foundation, that averages to be an extension of about 120 years.
While that may sound like fairly good thing at first, it has a lot people in an uproar. As it stands, were the bill to go into effect, it would work retroactively–meaning thousands of photos that are currently in the public domain, would suddenly become copyrighted again. This, of course, would result in an overwhelming amount of unintentional infringements and thousands of images being pulled from the internet. [Read more…]