Why would anyone put the effort into creating original work if they knew they’d just lose the exclusive rights to profit from it a mere 50 years after their death?
Can you retrospectively return an item to copyright once its original term has expired and it is considered public domain?
Here’s a better question: if it’s been public domain, then who holds the newly created copyright? My money’s on Disney.
How much can they really be making off of book sales? If they’re worried about unauthorized movie adaptations, wouldn’t they still be covered by trademark? Sure, you could remake Thunderball (again) but you couldn’t use the name James Bond or 007 or Q or Moneypenny etc. as long as the rightsholders had the foresight to register them.
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