Send https://law.duke.edu/cspd/publicdomainday/ to friends and family. Piss people off about it. It doesn't have to be like this.
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What Could Have Been
It didn’t have to be this way. As you can read in our analysis of the subject, if we had the laws that were in effect until 1978, thousands of works from 1961 would be entering the public domain. They range from the books Catch-22, Stranger in a Strange Land, and The Phantom Tollbooth to the films Breakfast at Tiffany’s and West Side Story, and much more. Have a look at some of the others. In fact, since copyright used to come in renewable terms of 28 years, and 85% of authors did not renew, 85% of the works from 1989 might be entering the public domain! Imagine what the great libraries of the world – or just internet hobbyists – could do: digitizing those holdings, making them available for education and research, for pleasure and for creative reuse.
"Qualified" on the other hand means you can type 240 wpm, are proficient in 10-key, program in C++, Java, PASCAL, Scheme, VisualBASIC, Haskell, FORTRAN, SQL, and what the hell a little Algol, too, while also being a certified network engineer who is able to pull espresso for the crew, bake artisan rolls with no recipe, and spray for roaches while you're down in Storage B.
The rub, of course, is that the same employer considers other people "overqualified."
The problem is that these are code words. Such employers really want someone who is young and malleable and won't ask for sufficient salary or a union or other such trivial things -- thus the euphemism "overqualified."
Interested in everything, trying to make the world a more generous place.
"I appreciate SDF but it's a general-purpose server and the name doesn't make it obvious that it's about art." - Eugen Rochko