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  1. In 1998, if Congress hadn’t extended copyrights by 20 years, George Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue, Hemingway’s The Sun Also Rises and Margaret Mitchell’s Gone with the Wind would all be in the public domain. This year, the comic book characters Superman and Batman would be free to use by anyone. Meanwhile, movies from 1940 – like Charlie Chaplin’s The Great Dictator and John Ford’s The Grapes of Wrath – would have been slated to enter the public domain at the end of 2015.

    Instead, all of these works – and tens of thousands more – remain firmly under copyright at least until 2019. Surely, we’ll see another effort by those in the copyright extension camp to lengthen the term yet again.

    Why does this matter? Well, how would you feel if you needed to obtain a license from a copyright owner in order to read a passage from the Bible to your church group? Or if before you could ride your bicycle you needed a license from descendants of the inventor of the wheel?

    We all take for granted the right to use certain pieces of our cultural heritage, like the Bible.
    https://theconversation.com/why-batma...onversationedu+%28The+Conversation%29
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  2. being Batman is hard on the body. And contrary to the quote above from Detective Comics in 1940, years of rigorous athletic training may actually set Batman up for additional injuries!
    http://blogs.scientificamerican.com/g...uises-from-bruce-to-batman-and-beyond
    Tags: , , by M. Fioretti (2012-12-08)
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  3. A federal judge is siding with DC Comics in its copyright suit against the maker of replica Batmobile “modification kits” for automobiles, saying the iconic Batman superhero vehicle is protected by copyright
    http://www.wired.com/threatlevel/2012/02/copyright-to-the-batmobile
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