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  1. The Authors Guild -- notorious for advancing extremely broad, censorious theories of copyright -- told Lee that the Guild "does not support extending the copyright term, especially since many of our members benefit from having access to a thriving and substantial public domain of older works,If anything, we would likely support a rollback to a term of life-plus-50 if it were politically feasible." It will be very difficult to sell term extension as a measure to benefit artists if prominent artists' groups are speaking out against it.

    The other factor is that Congress is a total shambles, its calendar dominated by shutdowns and chaotic attempts to ram through the extreme agenda of the GOP electoral majority that represents a numeric minority of Americans, and the chances of any laws getting passed are slim.

    But there's always the possibility that copyright term extension would be slipped into must-pass legislation, a budget or a key appropriation. That's a risky game, given the possibility that this would spark a public uprising to kill it (there's plenty of Conservative animus for the entertainment industry, after all, and the 1998 term extension was counted as a major achievement by Bill Clinton and his acolytes, so this could be painted as greedy, corporate-money-fattened Republicans helping to preserve the hated legacy of the Clintons).
    https://boingboing.net/2018/01/08/sonny-bono-is-dead.html
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  2. Take, for example, the famous Eames walnut and leather armchair with matching ottoman. The officially licensed and copyrighted producer, Vitra, sells them for £6,814 in John Lewis. Yet copies made in Chinese factories sell over the internet and in some stores for as little as £399.
    Mies van der Rohe’s Barcelona chair.
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    It is these low-cost knock-offs that will now be banned. A change in law which came into force on 28 July 2016 means that retailers will no longer be able to sell cheap replicas of iconic furniture designs and shoppers will instead be forced to pay thousands for original designs – ie those made brand new under licence with the agreement of the late designers’ estates. The six-month transition period will run out at the end of January.

    Companies can currently sell replica goods providing 25 years has passed from the date the designer died, but the EU ruling – speeded up by the British government – has extended that period to 70 years. Eames died in 1978, so the new protection extends the copyright of the many chairs, tables and clocks he designed until 2048. For items designed jointly with his wife, Ray, the copyright would extend for a further 10 years, as she died in 1988.

    The explosion in popularity of “mid-century modern” designs means the new law will have a huge impact on many people furnishing their homes.
    https://www.theguardian.com/money/201...bout-to-rocket-in-price-copyright-law
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  3. Much has already been written on the inherit problems with intellectual property, copyright, and patents, as well as the shrinking public domain and seemingly perpetual copyrights that undermine the benefits of sharing ideas. Below are some contemporary examples—by no means the most egregious incidents that have occurred—of flawed mindsets regarding copyrights, trademarks, and patents.
    https://medium.com/@hubbard/20-hollow...pyright-claims-1e850c7c2cf#.mwo9hv6wd
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  4. il Diario di Anna Frank ... » non potrà essere liberamente pubblicato.
    Questo perché all’avvicinarsi della data di “liberazione” del testo, prevista alla fine del 2015, la fondazione svizzera Anne Frank Fonds, che gestisce i diritti d’autore sull’opera ha dichiarato che Otto Frank – padre di Anne morto nel 1980 – è stato coautore del famoso diario. Quindi, i diritti scadono 70 anni dopo la morte di Otto Frank e si dovranno pagare fino al 2049.
    http://www.ilfattoquotidiano.it/2016/...a-non-il-diario-di-anna-frank/2345584
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  5. Among the most powerful moments of Selma, the new film about the march Martin Luther King, Jr. led in 1965 in support of voting rights for African Americans, are the speeches, sermons, and eulogies King delivered during that tumultuous period. However, the speeches performed by actor David Oyelowo in the film do not contain the actual words spoken by King. This is because the King estate would not license the copyright in the speeches to filmmaker Ava DuVernay. Thus, the King estate's aggressive stance on copyright has literally forced the re-writing of history.
    https://www.techdirt.com/articles/201...r-to-rewrite-martin-luther-king.shtml
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  6. 21 Fox owns the rights to The Simpsons until 2082.
    http://www.watoday.com.au/entertainme...out-the-simpsons-20141219-12b5jj.html
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  7. La diagnosi sembrava allora terrificante: “riduzione della vita media del libro a non più di 3/4 mesi, invasività di un mass-market di bassa lega appiattito sulle mode, rarefazione dei librai ‘indipendenti’ e nascita di catene oligopolistiche di librerie, marginalità delle esigenze espresse dal mondo universitario e di ricerca, sbarramento degli spazi concessi agli autori esordienti”. L’urlo emerso in quel lontano convegno annunciava la morte dell’editoria di cultura e una omologazione culturale senza precedenti.

    Oggi l’Aie continua, viceversa, a colpi di caviale sul nulla e con tante reciproche pacche sulla spalla, a far festa a un modello editoriale e distributivo ormai in evidente stato di decomposizione. Autori importanti del secondo Novecento italiano risultano scomparsi dai cataloghi degli editori che li avevano dapprima vampirizzati con tirature da best seller (Giorgio Saviane, Mario Pomilio…), per poi cinicamente dimenticarli, senza neppure trasformarli in ebook. Fossa comune destinata a incrementare i famosi ‘libri orfani’ che saranno il boccone più appetito dei nuovi operatori internazionali.

    Abbiamo voluto tentare un esperimento con una collana di riproposte di romanzi importanti abbinati ad autori contemporanei, come segnale della necessità di distinguere, nel tritacarne editoriale complessivo, il buono dal marciume.
    http://www.ilgiornaleoff.it/2014/12/0...i-si-trastulla/#.VIgVwU0EAQ1.facebook
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  8. “During the First World War Centenary commemorations, many organisations want to make original unpublished works such as diaries and letters accessible to the public. Because they are still under copyright protection, they cannot do so without seeking permission from the rights holder. This is even more problematic if the rights holders are untraceable.

    We are asking everyone who cares about our history, everyone who cares about telling our collective story without restrictions, to join the campaign.”

    Up to 50% of archival records in the UK are ‘orphan works’. This is when the rights holder cannot be identified and/or traced. The Imperial War Museum has an estimated 1.75 million documents that are orphan works, approximately 20-25% of the 7.9 million documents in their collections.

    The campaign is calling on the UK Government to reduce the term of copyright protection in certain unpublished works from the end of the year 2039 to the author’s lifetime plus 70 years, as per provisions laid out in the Enterprise and Regulatory Reform Act (ERRA) 2013.
    http://www.cilip.org.uk/cilip/news/ca...ign-free-our-history-reform-copyright
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  9. Negli anni ’90, Marvel Comics cominciò a vendere i diritti dei propri personaggi a differenti studi cinematografici. Quando Marvel Comics creò il proprio studio, cominciò a riacquistare i diritti ceduti in passato, dando il via a una serie di film che ricostruissero l’universo Marvel. Non tutti i diritti, però, vennero riacquistati. Ecco perché, ad esempio, Spider-Man non comparirà mai nei film degli Avengers. Questa infografica, pubblicata su The Geek Twins, spiega quali studi cinematografici detengono i diritti dei personaggi Marvel.
    http://www.fumettologica.it/2014/03/i...aggi-marvel-comics-in-una-infografica
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  10. As reported on the Australian ABC news website, film-makers in the US are finally free to work on Sherlock Holmes stories without paying a licencing free to the estate of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle after a ruling by Judge Ruben Castillo. A quirk of U.S. copyright law kept 10 stories out of the public domain, on the basis that these stories where continuously developed. In his ruling Judge Castillo opined that only the "story elements" in the short stories published after 1923 were protected and that everything else in the Holmes canon was "free for public use" — including the characters of Holmes and Watson. Holmes scholar Leslie Klinger, who challenged the estate, celebrated the ruling. 'Sherlock Holmes belongs to the world
    http://www.abc.net.au/news/2013-12-28...rlock-holmes-licensing-ruling/5176916
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