Mickey Mouse made a mockery of the copyright this what you kept making up no judging. Oh man I wish I was yeah I’d be so credible and distinguished look I love Mickey Mouse too but the fact is he ruined America’s Copyright laws.
Okay I’m just a kid why should I care of about the law because that the thing that you don’t care about is keeping you from your favorite characters. Anything about I’m gonna make you for the magic of cartoons. Ever since his first appearance as Steamboat Willie kids have loved Mickey Mouse. All cartoons are mostly about bouncing and torturing animals. Back in the 20s our copyright system worked the way it was supposed to an artist to create a new work could claim the exclusive right to it for 6 years long enough to get healthy profit from pretty much their entire lifetime after that the work entered the public domain giving everyone the right to copy share and use the crew works in the room. Remixing the works of the past is an essential part of how we create new culture and the same process brought us so many of your favorite characters like Frankenstein, Dracula, Sherlock Holmes, Sleeping Beauty, Alice in Wonderland, The Wizard of Oz, Hercules, Pinocchio, Dr. Jekyll, Mr. Hyde, Captain Nemo,Tarzan, King Arthur, Robin Hood, Moby Dick and many many more. All of them were created by artists long ago and are now in the public domain free for us to use to tell our own stories.
You can make to play soccer or find a spaceman. Whatever you want because these characters now belong to all of us. It’s a little something I like to call circle of life. So you’re saying that everything like touches will be mine, nope not anymore. In 1998 Mickey Mouse was about to enter the public domain to me to stop that from happening to other companies lobbied congress to extend the term of copyright by decades just so they could retain ownership of him and other characters. Now all those characters that would belong to us to them. This problem is far more serious than just cartoons. Meet James Boyle co-founder of the Center for Public Domain at Duke university because of these rules nothings enter into the public domain for years.
In fact no published work we’re going to the public in 2012 to 2019 books, songs, movies even scientific articles are stuck in legal limbo and those are just the ones we know about. Orphan works there under copyright but their original owners can’t be found it’s illegal to share them that they can’t share themselves so they’re trapped out here in intellectual property purgatory.
A great work of art or scientific breakthrough could be down there. Okay they’re not all winners but because of copyright extension will never know. That’s so sad they just wanna be a part of our world. That’s right until the last years. Every generation in American history has had free and legal access to the creativity the past they could learn from it. They could build on it now all that creativity is locked away and the true irony is that no one understood that better than Walt Disney. Dozens of Disney characters were taken directly from the public domain even the breakthrough Mickey cartoon Steamboat Willie is based on Buster Keaton movie from 1928. Disney cartoons are fun to watch but they’re made by a company that profits from our shared cultural heritage while refusing to contribute to it that really stinks.