The re-opening of America's public domain is good news for artists, less so for the corporations that exploit them


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Originally published at: https://boingboing.net/2019/01/04/new-raw-material.html


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Just to mention, @doctorow, I saw your “thanks to…” in the Ralph Breaks the Internet credits. Some of us read the credits…


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The most prolific remix in all of history:

And my personal favorite:

EDIT: O holy hell, the list is even longer.


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The 1976 copyright act allowed a term of life plus 50 years, or 75 years for work for hire. So very little from the 1980s would now be public domain.


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You’re right.

So amend the above argument to “if we still had the IP laws as they were pre-1978 (when the 1976 Act took effect)”.


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And even then only if someone forgot to renew.


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I always thought Spider Robinson’s story Melancholy Elephants
http://www.spiderrobinson.com/melancholyelephants.html
made an interesting point about copyright length.


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