What reasons are there for having copyright terms last this long? What conseque

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Please read the following article: http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/the-switch/wp/2013/10/25/15-years-ago-congress-kept-mickey-mouse-out-of-the-public-domain-will-they-do-it-again/ . What reasons are there for having copyright terms last this long? What consequences are there to having a long copyright term?

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Copyright Term ExtensionsIntroductionInitially, copyright terms not to use the historical and artistic masterpieces like Symphony 5 of Beethoven and many others were not commercially available to public domain for alterations and adaption of new pieces based on the already existing ones without official permission of the copyrights holder lasted for 28 years which was later extended by doubling the time to 56 years. In 1976 Act, previous copyright terms provided twenty more years of extension to already existing copyrighted objects. In 1990, When these twenty years were about to be completed and art pieces like Mickey Mouse Cartoons and Rhapsody for Blue were about to enter the public domain, the owners of these asked the federal governments for more extensions which was granted by the government in 1992 Copyright Term Extension Act by 20 more years. Reasons for extensions in copyright termsThe prime argument in support of extensions in copyright terms is that the amount paid to copyright holders to use it in other projects will be delivered to charity houses and descendants of the creator after his death. For Example, the works of Oscar Hammerstein can ben

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