- Copyright terms, at the minimum, are at roughly 10 years, with a maximum of roughly 40, with multiple extensions between them. The fee for renewal would be a percentage of revenue from the work, and that percentage increases with each additional renewal term. Under such a system, those who are still exploiting the copyright can continue to hold one, but for most, where there is greater benefit to have the work in the public domain, the work goes into the public domain.
- Concepts that are not the exact work itself (that being the exact expression/product), such as the setting, characters and terms, can be used in other works, but the original creator of those concepts must be attributed until the copyright term has expired. A remix/remake of a work must be sufficiently unique from the original (or the copyright owner's permission has been received) before it can be considered legal (such as a cover song, or a complete remake of a game, or if it's a port, the port must have enough new features to justify its existence).
- Such works featuring copyright material can be copyrighted, as long as everything is fully attributed. If there is missing attribution, the work's author can add the missing attribution after being alerted, as long as the attribution request is valid - accidents happen, and people make mistakes, sometimes it's best to er on the side of caution rather than go legal immediately.
- Copyright is automatic, but works can be registered just to be sure, for the sake of proof. Once again, full attribution is required.
- Certain things such as game mechanics, by their very nature, cannot be copyrighted (this is sorta already a thing, but for some strange reason a few game mechanics such as minigames during a loading screen (thanks, Namco) are under copyright).
- Works such as commentary/Let's Plays are also legal as long as proper attribution is provided, and commentary for non-interactive material is separated from the original work in audio form.
edited 11th Dec '13 6:47:45 AM by Cronosonic
- Leave Fair Use and Public Domain policy largely intact, while adding (but not subtracting) some provisions — like defining satire as Fair Use.
- You mentioned copyright terms would be 10 years, with extensions adding up to 40 years — that's much better than the "50 years for corporate works or natural life of the author" that I was thinking of.
- And it gives the author a reason to keep making stuff.
- You also mentioned that game mechanics shouldn't be copyrighted — I'd like to add that game mechanics would likely fall under the "software patent" category. As I understand it, patents haven't changed nearly as much — they're still at a 20-year term.
- And, of course, I'd frequently reiterate that it's intended to benefit the public, rather than the author.
edited 11th Dec '13 7:13:07 PM by Madrugada
edited 11th Dec '13 7:24:03 PM by AwSamWeston
edited 11th Dec '13 7:28:35 PM by ohsointocats
edited 11th Dec '13 10:15:04 PM by TotemicHero
edited 11th Dec '13 11:12:01 PM by Cronosonic
edited 12th Dec '13 2:39:24 AM by Cronosonic
- Once you create a work, it's licensed to you. You gain exclusive copyright until that work makes you a million dollars or until you die. If you die, move to step 3.
- Once you make a million dollars off the work, a timer goes off. Your exclusive copyright lasts for three more years, at which point it expires.
- Upon expiration (either by death or because your exclusive copyright ended as in step 2), your work is open to the public under a Creative Commons license much like the one TV Tropes works on. Only you (or your heirs or publishers) can make money off of it, but anyone can use it openly for non-profit purposes, including self-advertising (aka feel free to put fanart and fanfiction in your professional portfolios). If a derivative work is sufficiently different, it may be ruled a new license (FIM as sufficiently different from the original MLP is the example I'm thinking of); this may need some fleshing out.
- 10 years after you die, your licenses become public domain, which anyone can use for any purpose.
edited 12th Dec '13 3:48:12 AM by AwSamWeston
edited 12th Dec '13 4:59:39 AM by Culminus
edited 12th Dec '13 5:55:41 AM by Cronosonic