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Origins of "two generations" principle?
« on: Jul 1st, 2006, 8:42pm »
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So I've decided it's not beyond me to post a new topic in this forum.   Grin
 
I'm doing research for a paper on international copyright protection (yeah yeah, it's summer, but I have a big fat 'I' on my transcript I'm trying to get rid of).  Somewhere along the line I've come across the notion that the duration of copyright protection has been set such that economic benefits are extended to the author plus two generations of heirs.  I got the impression that this was the goal even under the 1909 act in the U.S.
 
I am trying to find out where this "two generation" principle came from.  The timeframe seems kind of arbitrary to me.  Can anyone point me to any resources that might explore the history of this?  (If you can't give me an answer off hand, haha)
 
Thanks in advance...
 
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