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Chris W



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PostSubject: Copyright law   Copyright law Icon_minitimeSun Oct 27, 2013 7:52 pm

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/

http://www.newsfromme.com/2013/10/26/imminent-domain/

It's weird to follow copyright battles over a few decades and realize how many of them stem back to Disney and Mickey Mouse.  Flip the question around, what did Mickey Mouse and Disney do that was so new and different that all subsequent copyright issues must bow when it comes to whether or not something is in the public domain?  Easy example, what would happen if Paris Hilton asserted the rights to her sex tape?  She's unquestionably the creator (or co-creator) and primarily responsible for the 'work.'  Will anyone protect her rights?

I think the answer lies in copyright law of 1929.  DC does not assert its copyrights just because they own Superman.  Warner Brothers does not assert their copyrights just because they own DC.  Mickey Mouse is very important to Disney (for good reason) but Disney's assertion of ownership of Mickey seems to have change the game.  "Steamboat Willie" is available on Youtube, so what the hell happened with copyright law in the late 20's that changed things for the following century?
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PostSubject: Re: Copyright law   Copyright law Icon_minitimeMon Nov 04, 2013 7:57 pm

Yeah, the current copyright laws are pretty screwed up, and Disney has to take a lot of the blame for that (though not all, others have helped too).

And it doesn't make sense that Disney thinks they need eternal copyright either. Trademark is eternal as long as they are using it, so it's not like anybody else can open other Disney Worlds or Mickey Mouse Clubs or whatever. Nobody else can use Mickey Mouse to sell their products. The uses of Mickey Mouse that make Disney all their money would be totally unaffected if other vendors started selling cheap DVD copies of "Steamboat Willie."
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PostSubject: Re: Copyright law   Copyright law Icon_minitimeThu Jan 09, 2014 12:33 pm

ChrisW wrote:
Easy example, what would happen if Paris Hilton asserted the rights to her sex tape?  She's unquestionably the creator (or co-creator) and primarily responsible for the 'work.'  
Paris Hilton is no more co-creator than any of the other inanimate object in the room. Is a tree a co-creator of a landscape?
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