Our founding fathers were aware of that. They included provision for both in Article I, Section 8 of the Constitution.
“To promote the progress of science and useful arts, by securing for limited times to authors and inventors the exclusive right to their respective writings and discoveries;”I already wrote about this topic at Opus 2012-316 and Opus 2012-317 so I won’t go through it again.
We are in the process of stifling creative process by nit-picking about this issue. We make it impossible to take an old idea and develop it by hysterical extensions of the “limited times” in the Constitution. One site from Stanford University says that copyright protection now goes a minimum of 70 years past the life of the author. In some cases it can be up to 120 years.
We need to turn back the clock. We need to continue to protect what people really create but for a reasonable time, not until someone in China or India comes up with the next good idea because they ignore our extremism.
If explained properly this could be a winner.
homo unius libri