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William_J_G Overington wjgo_10009 at btinternet.com
Tue May 19 11:25:37 CDT 2015

Doug Ewell wrote:

> Hopefully the MA will adhere to the new 50-year limit. The example given
in the proposal talked about trans-national flags.

What is MA please?

A 50-year limit seems far too short a time. With that figure, a document could have its meaning retrospectively changed at least 20 years before its copyright runs out, and maybe a lot longer before its copyright runs out, maybe as much as 80 years before its copyright runs out, or even longer!

Surely for archiving our culture, and the British Library is actively archiving, there should never be a retrospective change of meaning.

William Overington

19 May 2015

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