The abstract arguments about intellectual property rights often overlook the practical reality that these laws are wholly managed by the state and its arbitrary judgements. This Techdirt article offers a detailed interview with Lawrence Golan, the plaintiff in a case being heard by the Supreme Court right now. As you will see, there are no abstract issues of real ownership being discussed here. This is all about the winners and losers from regulations – but I doubt hardly anyone behind the retroactive copyright law knew or cared about the costs to performance arts.
Source link: http://archive.mises.org/18647/how-the-copyright-law-nearly-bankrupted-orchestras/