[Coco] Re: [Color Computer] Fw: Copyright

James the Animal Tamer emucompboy at yahoo.com
Sat Jul 9 16:02:08 EDT 2005

> The key word is innovation.  Now, if anyone writes a story 
involving a 
> mouse, Disney will exert sufficient pressure to quash the work, and 
> another promiseing author of childrens books or such will be 
> burgers at McD's.

Dunno.  I liked Mrs. Frisbee and the Rats of NIMH (although the movie 
based on it had a suck-big-time ending).

> Mickey Mouse should have reverted to the public domain 40 years 

I'd disagree with you here.  I think the intellectual property that 
is actively being used by the original owner or heir should be 
retained by the owner or heir (so, no, I am not planning on writing a 
Winnie The Pooh book, and I don't think you should be either).

What I'd like is for there to be a reasonable "if it's been out of 
print for x years, it should become public domain" law.

Of course, I'm biased.  I have copyrighted software up for download 
on my website, some of which I don't have permission for.

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