[Tig] copyright films
Sun Sep 22 07:38:19 BST 2002
a fascinating story on the recent Mickey Mouse legislation and
what copyright was supposed to be when it was written into law
is related in some of the articles about the impending US Supreme
Court decision on Lawrence Lessig's lawsuit due for decision on
a couple of articles:
(requires registration, but this seems a current and fair treatment
of the subject)
the illumination of knowledge on this will go far to combat the
reductionism apparent in efforts by copyright holders to
characterize Lessig as anti-copyright. He isn't.
If current law had been applied at the time, Disney's creation of
Mickey Mouse would have been illegal, as it was an adaptation of
Buster Keaton's Steamboat Willie.
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Rob Lingelbach Senior Colorist UCLA Film and Television Archive
robling at ucla.edu http://www.alegria.com rob at alegria.com
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