If Disney makes a deal with Fox, that could grant Marvel's parent company a big piece of Batman history.
In 1998, Disney led an entertainment industry lobbying effort that resulted in the term of copyright being extended by 20 years, even for works that had already been created -- a law with an incoherent basis, given that the US copyright system is constitutionally constrained to passing laws to promote new creative works (giving creators
The Disney, Fox deal could have huge ramifications in both the streaming world and the film industry.
Here is Lord Macauley (successfully) opposing an extension of copyright term from 28 to 60 years in the 1840s:
Changes to copyright laws in the UK and EU mean that cheaper replicas of the Barcelona chair or an Eileen Gray table will no longer be available
One of the most exciting things about widespread access to 3D printing is how it has started to push cultural institutions to begin digitizing their 3D col
The copyright monopoly is based on the idea of an exchange. In exchange for exclusive rights, the copyright industry supplies culture and knowledge to the public. It turns out that the entire premise is a lie, as untethered creators are racing to provide culture and knowledge anyway.
A couple of weeks ago, we wrote about how the Sony email hack revealed the MPAA's true position on "fair use," which was that it was "extremely controversial," and the MPAA didn't want it included in various trade...
As the negative coverage of the government's surprise decision to extend the term of copyright for sound recordings and performances mounts (Billboard, National Post), it is worth remembering that it is Canadian consumers that will bear the costs with decreased choice and increased prices. I touch on this in my weekly technology law column (Toronto Star version, homepage version), but a more detailed discussion is warranted (see here, here, and here for previous posts on the proposed extension). The question of competition and consumer costs was addressed in several leading European reports on intellectual property and term extension. The University of Cambridge's Centre for Intellectual Property and Information Law reviewed the economic evidence related to term extension for sound recordings, stating:
Philip Pullman and Jessie Burton join writers alarmed by the plans to reduce copyright in a pledge to 'encourage greater sharing'
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
The Web wasn't built to preserve its past; the Wayback Machine aims to remedy that. Jill Lepore on the ethereal nature of the Web.
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...
A few years ago, we wrote about some research by Paul Heald that did an astounding job visually demonstrating how much copyright law today harms the dissemination of content. The key graphic was the following one: What it shows is that while...
As the cartoon sitcom celebrates its quarter century this month, Michael Hogan offers 21 surprising facts about the show.
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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
Diritto d'autore e musica, la Ue alla Siae: "Usate i Creative Commons" Il Parlamento italiano si appresta ad allungare la vita del copyright. Aumentano gli
Filmmakers and authors in the United States have been given the legal go-ahead to write stories about British detective Sherlock Holmes without paying a licence fee.