Is there yet a movement where artists and creators make a testament that after their death all their work becomes public domain? Ie. an explicit middle ground between default copyright period and immediate PD at the time of publication?
I'd be interested in developing and advocating this kind of movement to widen the common public cultural legacy. But I guess some sort of legal expertise would be good to have. And if this is already a thing, then great, I'll join!
@Stoori there is some arrangement the Estate of CS Lewis have with Radio Maria Nederland, whereby you can download without restriction the entire Chronicles of Narnia from Soundcloud in Dutch, narrated by their presenter Vincent Wibier (they are not due to enter public domain in Europe until 2034!).
I am not sure how this works and have not noticed it in other languages (the audio is good and funny if you understand Dutch, as Vincent does all the voices of the owl and other characters 😆 )
@Stoori I've been seriously considering stating something like that in a will, but I hadn't heard of anyone else doing it and I wasn't sure how the legal ins and outs of it would work.
A movement that could provide a website of basic resources and general advice/things to consider for creators would be incredibly helpful.
I guess there isn't any movement around this at the moment. And my own plate is too full with other things already now, so that I can't use any resources on this. I still keep the toot pinned, and every now and then a new follower boosts it and it may catch some fire.
@loke I mean, my idea was to make the work public domain ONLY AFTER the artist has died. They don't need to make their living after that. And until their death, they would get the usual copyright royalties.
Also, another part of this would be that it's a VOLUNTARY act. If an artist is worried about how their offspring can make the ends meet, they could just pass their rights off to their kids, just as is the default protocol nowadays.
@loke Yes, easily reproductible works would be the prime modes in this movement.
As for physical works of art, I'm not an expert but I guess that the physical work itself and the right to make replicas, photocopies etc. of that work are two different things.
Of course, someone buying a work of art must know before buying if there are such restrictions, so this could only be applied to new works.