#1 By: Cory Doctorow, January 1st, 2014 10:44
#2 By: Jardine, January 1st, 2014 13:14
The laws in Canada and the EU are different – thousands of works are entering their public domains on January 1.
Don't worry, lobbyists are working tirelessly to make those evil countries that hate authors extend copyright so zombie C.S. Lewis will have incentive to write.
#3 By: Víctor, January 2nd, 2014 04:50
I don't understand, in the EU copyright extension is also 70 years after the author´s death, I'm missing something?
As an EU citizen I demand to know what can I use to brag about the EU being superior to the USA!
#4 By: euansmith, January 2nd, 2014 06:43
Culture... history... coffee...
#5 By: James_Agenbroad, January 2nd, 2014 08:22
Of course the US got "Life +" copyright terms from the EU. The works we're talking about here were copyrighted for fixed (+ one possible extension) terms in the US. Combined with the requirement for copyright notice and registration, it meant that one could often determine that determine whether a work was in the public domain by examining the work itself. And if it was still protected, it was reasonably possible to identify the righstholder. sigh
#6 By: Nathan Rudy, January 2nd, 2014 09:39
How funny that Atlas Shrugged, the bible of the current crop of sophomoric libertarian anti-government activists, would be free for anyone to use if not for those darn government regulations!
#7 By: TheMadLibrarian, January 2nd, 2014 14:46
Last Christmas, I tried to find out who the rights holder was and ask permission to show 'A Charlie Brown Christmas' for part of our holiday celebration at the library. I found that no one seems to know who can grant permission, not the estate of Charles M. Schultz, not Swank (who does public performance rights for most videos), and not Warner Brothers, who bought and then seemingly resold the rights. I chased my tail around for nearly a month before giving up and electing not to show it. Garanz if I had, the putative rights holder would have come out of the woodwork to sue me. BTW, that first aired in 1965, and might be eligible to enter the public domain in 8 years.
#8 By: teapot, January 2nd, 2014 19:40
Aaaaaand this is why I gladly pirate anything, anytime.
Rights holders expect us to play fair, but then rally together to fuck us over when it's time for them to play fair.
#9 By: Jhertzli, January 3rd, 2014 01:25
Another reason for my fellow wingnuts to oppose regulations ... and this time it's personal.
#10 By: Cory Doctorow, January 6th, 2014 10:44
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