Down Mexico Way

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Mexico may soon extend its copyright terms. Under the proposed legislation, copyrights south of the Rio Grande will last even longer than Hollywood's, and the government will, in a new twist, be able to charge royalties for works after they enter the public domain.

Lawrence Lessig comments: "Usually governments nationalize first, and then (and as a result) kill the industry nationalized. Mexico plans to innovate on this pattern: kill the public domain first, and then nationalize after."

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