O'Reilly limits copyrights to \"Founders\" duration


In a move intended to push a pet project of O'Reilly, the company has announced that they will adopt the Founder's Copyright, a voluntary program by which authors give up whatever remaining rights exist after the 28-year term originally granted by US law at the time of the founding of this nation.

An interesting proposal. However, it should be said that O'Reilly's products have a short shelf life in comparison to fiction and are unlikely to be in print 28 years down the road no matter how indispensable they are today.

I applaud their move, but recognize it for what it is, symbolic.